Audio engineering jobs are dedicated to making sure that the world hears every message, every sound and every note of music loud and clear. An audio engineer must have strong attention to detail, be knowledgeable with a wide array of equipment and computer systems and enjoy working with sound. Audio engineers must also be able to communicate quickly and clearly with other people involved with a production or event to ensure that their efforts integrate seamlessly with the work of others.
Audio engineers find jobs as audio and visual technicians, working with performing artists, being performing artists in their own right, and assembling sound work for a range of media.
Audio Engineering Education
Audio engineers are expected to possess a suite of technical and computer skills along with some degree of artistic talent. Typical educational backgrounds for audio engineers range from a trade school diploma to a bachelor's degree, with prospective employers placing an emphasis on significant practical experience. Most audio engineers will either intern for a significant time or work under another engineer in order to gain real world experience.
Anyone seeking to become an audio engineer should have a demonstration reel of previous work available for potential employers to consider. Demonstrable ability and a solid track record of dependable work are heavily considered by employers when looking at job candidates.
Audio Engineering Job Market
Audio engineers held 17,000 jobs in 2012 according to Career One Stop. Job growth of 1 percent is expected by 2022, which equates to a projected 17,100 employed engineers. Job openings for audio engineers per year are around 3,200.
Demand for audio engineering jobs is heavily concentrated in the states of California and New York, with almost one-third of the nation's audio engineers working in these two states alone.
Audio Engineering Salaries
The nationwide median salary for an audio engineer in 2012 was $46,310, according to the BLS. The top 10 percent of audio engineers earned $97,700.