Sound Engineer Technician

Tweak sound levels on recorded music or during live performances.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$23,000 – $93,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Sound Engineer Technicians do?

If music were a cake, the Sound Engineer Technician would be its Baker. Sound Engineer Technicians select, mix, and finalize sounds of all flavors — from a tornado in a movie to the catchy tunes at a sporting event.

As a Sound Engineer Technician, you cover both the creative and the technical sides of sound development. From dreaming up the perfect movie monster roar to editing the soundtracks for a horror film, you bring scripts to life.

Whether at a production studio, a radio station, or a theater, you tackle a wide range of tasks that change daily. Yesterday, you were setting up equipment; today, you’re cueing music for a play; and tomorrow, you’re syncing dialogue with scenes from a TV show. You speak with Actors and Producers to find what sounds they want and where to put them.

Recent advancements in recording and editing software and equipment mean you must be tech savvy as well as artistic to do your job. Mixing consoles — the sound controls found in recording studios — hold hundreds of knobs, buttons, and switches to push, pull, and press. Your inner child will love it!

The flexibility of the job lets you decide if you want to spend nights in a club mixing hit songs, or afternoons at a computer tweaking a Singer ’s latest album until it’s all in harmony. Whatever your job, you ensure that every sound is music to your listeners’ ears.

Should I be a Sound Engineer Technician?

You should have a certificate degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.

  • Also known as: Film Sound Engineer, Machine Room Operator, Mechanical Sound Technician, Mechanic Sound Technician, Mixing Technician See More

    How to Become a
    Sound Engineer Technician

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