Sound Engineering Technicians

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What do they do?

Operate machines and equipment to record, synchronize, mix, or reproduce music, voices, or sound effects in sporting arenas, theater productions, recording studios, or movie and video productions.

Also known as:

Audio Engineer, Audio Operator, Broadcast Engineer, Broadcast Technician, Dub Room Engineer, Machine Room Engineer, Machine Room Operator, Master Control Operator, Mixer, Mixing Engineer, Mixing Technician, Recording Engineer, Sound Editor, Sound Engineer, Sound Technician, Studio Engineer, Television Production Assistant (TV Production Assistant)

Typical Wages

Annual wages for Sound Engineering Technicians in United States

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Sound Engineering Technicians is projected to show little or no change from 2018 to 2028.

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Projected Employment

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Projected Employment Rankings For All United States:

  • 1.3%

    Percent Change

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  • 1,700

    Annual Projected Job Openings

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Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (1.1%)
  • Master's degree (3.8%)
  • Bachelor's degree (31.3%)
  • Associate's degree (14.6%)
  • Some college, no degree (27.8%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (19.4%)
  • Less than high school diploma (2%)

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Skills

People in this career often have these skills:

  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
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Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Communications and Media - Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • Fine Arts - Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.
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Abilities

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Collaborate with others to determine technical details of productions.
  • Select materials or props.
  • Operate audio recording equipment.
  • Operate control consoles for sound, lighting or video.
  • Mix sound inputs.
  • Maintain logs of production activities.
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This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 24.3 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

Occupation statistics: USDOL U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics

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