Production Sound Mixer
Record dialogue and sound effects while scenes are being filmed.
Though late-night karaoke Singers everywhere might think otherwise, good sound and music take some work. Be the person to put all the pieces together on projects like individual CD tracks, movies, and websites. You could add the bass for a new hit single or record the footsteps in the latest romantic comedy. No matter how you choose to bring sound to the masses, you’ll need a degree in audio production to break into the industry.
Though the first major you might look for is audio production, there’s actually more than one way to get into this field. Audio production degrees tend to be associate’s degrees, meaning they take less time (think 18 months versus two years), but they also prepare you for fewer jobs. An associate’s in audio production will let you find work as a live Sound Technician or Audio Production Assistant. Essentially you’re hired to do rather than create.
If you want to be in the Driver ’s seat making artistic decisions, then look into a bachelor’s in audio production. This degree is usually offered as a bachelor of science, and the name will be something like sound recording technology or audio design technology. Because you’ll need to be in the studio using the equipment and doing a lot of hands-on work, there aren’t many online audio production programs. However, you can find schools offering general classes in audio communications or music production.
This is a fairly competitive field and the best way to open doors is with a degree, be it a bachelor’s or associate’s. Once you have one of these, you won’t need to continue on to a higher degree program as any other skills you need will be taught on the job. Expect to start out as a Recordist or assistant Audio Engineer, and grow your career from there.