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What is a Sound Engineering Technician?

Sound Engineering Technician Example 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.

What Do Sound Engineering Technicians Do On a Daily Basis?

  • Mix and edit voices, music, and taped sound effects for live performances and for prerecorded events, using sound mixing boards.
  • Record speech, music, and other sounds on recording media, using recording equipment.
  • Regulate volume level and sound quality during recording sessions, using control consoles.
  • Synchronize and equalize prerecorded dialogue, music, and sound effects with visual action of motion pictures or television productions, using control consoles.
  • Reproduce and duplicate sound recordings from original recording media, using sound editing and duplication equipment.
  • Prepare for recording sessions by performing such activities as selecting and setting up microphones.

What Skills Do You Need to Work as a Sound Engineering Technician?

These are the skills Sound Engineering Technicians say are the most useful in their careers:

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.

Writing: Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

  • Sound Recordist
  • Systems Engineer
  • Sound Technician
  • Production Engineer
  • Broadcast Technician

Sound Engineering Technician Employment Estimates

In 2016, there was an estimated number of 17,000 jobs in the United States for Sound Engineering Technician. New jobs are being produced at a rate of 6.5% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 1,100 new jobs for Sound Engineering Technician by 2026. Due to new job openings and attrition, there will be an average of 1,700 job openings in this field each year.

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The states with the most job growth for Sound Engineering Technician are Washington, Georgia, and Arizona. Watch out if you plan on working in New Mexico, Nebraska, or Minnesota. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Sound Engineering Technician Salary

The typical yearly salary for Sound Engineering Technicians is somewhere between $25,680 and $117,600.

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Sound Engineering Technicians who work in Connecticut, Louisiana, or Washington, make the highest salaries.

How much do Sound Engineering Technicians make in each U.S. state?

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $39,140
Colorado $52,990
Connecticut $87,420
District of Columbia $79,410
Florida $56,010
Georgia $62,640
Hawaii $42,230
Illinois $60,500
Iowa $54,020
Kentucky $53,490
Louisiana $88,610
Maryland $51,670
Massachusetts $57,110
Michigan $65,540
Minnesota $42,840
Missouri $48,080
Nevada $57,010
New Jersey $55,570
New York $82,030
North Carolina $51,060
Ohio $48,060
Oregon $43,180
Pennsylvania $45,540
South Carolina $49,210
Tennessee $56,940
Texas $59,810
Utah $30,240
Virginia $53,780
Washington $77,020
Wisconsin $58,930

Tools & Technologies Used by Sound Engineering Technicians

Although they’re not necessarily needed for all jobs, the following technologies are used by many Sound Engineering Technicians:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Office
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Git
  • Data entry software
  • Microsoft Windows
  • Autodesk AutoCAD
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat
  • Microsoft Visio
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop
  • Linux
  • Facebook
  • UNIX
  • Adobe Systems Adobe InDesign
  • Computer aided design CAD software
  • Apple Final Cut Pro
  • Apple macOS
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Creative Suite
  • Microsoft operating system

How to Become a Sound Engineering Technician

Are there Sound Engineering Technicians education requirements?

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What work experience do I need to become a Sound Engineering Technician?

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Where Sound Engineering Technicians Work

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The table below shows the approximate number of Sound Engineering Technicians employed by various industries.

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