Sound Engineering Technicians
SOC: 27-4014.00

Description:

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.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
16,100 employed

Projected (2024):
17,400 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Acoustical Engineer
  • Audio Engineer
  • Audio Operator
  • Audio Production Manager
  • Audio Recording Engineer
  • Broadcast Engineer
  • Broadcast Technician
  • Director
  • Disc Recordist
  • Dub Room Engineer
  • Editor
  • Film Recordist
  • Film Sound Coordinator
  • Film Sound Engineer
  • Machine Room Engineer
  • Machine Room Operator
  • Master Control Operator
  • Mechanic Sound Technician
  • Mechanical Sound Technician
  • Mixer
  • Mixing Engineer
  • Mixing Technician
  • Music Engineer
  • Musical Engineer
  • Play Back Operator
  • Producer
  • Production Director
  • Production Engineer
  • Public Address Servicer
  • Public Address System Installer
  • Public Address Systems Mechanic
  • Public Address Technician
  • Quality Engineer
  • Recording Engineer
  • Recordist
  • Rerecording Mixer
  • Sound Assistant
  • Sound Cutter
  • Sound Designer
  • Sound Editor
  • Sound Effects Manager
  • Sound Effects Person
  • Sound Effects Technician
  • Sound Engineer
  • Sound Equipment Mechanic
  • Sound Mixer
  • Sound Printer
  • Sound Recording Technician
  • Sound Technician
  • Sound Truck Operator
  • Special Effects Designer
  • Special Effects Technician
  • Studio Engineer
  • Systems Engineer
  • Tape Transferrer
  • Television Production Assistant (TV Production Assistant)
  • Theater Technician
  • Video Editor
  • Waste Elimination
  • Winder


  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.

    Education:

    Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Fine Arts
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Confer with producers, performers, and others to determine and achieve the desired sound for a production, such as a musical recording or a film.
  • Regulate volume level and sound quality during recording sessions, using control consoles.
  • Prepare for recording sessions by performing activities such as selecting and setting up microphones.
  • Report equipment problems and ensure that required repairs are made.
  • Mix and edit voices, music, and taped sound effects for live performances and for prerecorded events, using sound mixing boards.
  • Synchronize and equalize prerecorded dialogue, music, and sound effects with visual action of motion pictures or television productions, using control consoles.
  • Record speech, music, and other sounds on recording media, using recording equipment.
  • Reproduce and duplicate sound recordings from original recording media, using sound editing and duplication equipment.
  • Separate instruments, vocals, and other sounds, and combine sounds later during the mixing or postproduction stage.
  • Keep logs of recordings.
  • Create musical instrument digital interface programs for music projects, commercials, or film postproduction.
  • Tear down equipment after event completion.
  • Convert video and audio recordings into digital formats for editing or archiving.
  • Set up, test, and adjust recording equipment for recording sessions and live performances.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • 1/3 octave equalizers
  • Amplifiers
  • Audio compressors
  • Audio filters
  • Audio mixer consoles
  • Cable testers
  • Channel equalizers
  • Condenser microphones
  • Desktop computers
  • Digital audio recorders
  • Digital delay pedals
  • Digital oscilloscopes
  • Digital samplers
  • Dynamic microphones
  • Dynamics processors
  • Electret microphones
  • Laptop computers
  • Microphone pre-amps
  • Multitrack tape recording machines
  • Musical instrument digital interface MIDI sequencers
  • Noise reduction systems
  • Parametric equalizers
  • Peak equalizers
  • Personal computers
  • Polarity checkers
  • Pressure zone microphones
  • Reverb devices
  • Ribbon microphones
  • Shelving equalizers
  • Soldering irons
  • Studio intercom systems
  • Volt-ohm meters VOM
  • Wireless microphones
  • Wireless receivers
  • Wireless transmitters
  • Apple Final Cut Pro
  • Autodesk AutoCAD software
  • Avid Technology Pro Tools
  • Avid Technology software
  • Cisco IOS
  • Computer aided design CAD software
  • Data entry software
  • Linux
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Visio
  • Musical instrument digital interface MIDI software


  • arts design entertainment sports and media


    industry stats

    SOC: 27-0000

    Total Employed: 1,843,600

    Average Annual Salary: $56,980