Where can I get a job?
There are many pathways to employment in the field of audio engineering including work in recording facilities,
postproduction studios and live sound venues. The increasing popularity of video games and multi-media production
has led to increased demand in the gaming and web industries for skilled audio technicians well versed in digital
and analog technology. The Inland Northwest has seen a steady growth in the entertainment and recording industry.
With venues such as the Spokane Arena, Opera House, Spokane Expo Center, Northern Quest Casino, numerous
nightclubs, festivals and concert venues, recording studios, live theaters, houses of worship, etc., jobs are
increasingly available for trained audio engineers. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS)
employment predictions, jobs for sound engineering technicians will increase by 9 percent, about as fast as
average for all occupations, from 2012-2022. Audio Visual Technicians can expect faster than average job growth
at 14 percent.
Potential Positions Include: studio recording/mix engineer, editor, live sound engineer, AV technician,
Foley artist, and MIDI programmer.
How much can I earn?
Income varies dramatically within the industry. Starting hourly wages can range
from $16 to $22 while successful recording studio engineers and producers can make
well over $100,000 per year.
What else should I know about the field of audio technology?
Audio Engineers have many and diverse opportunities for employment as stated
above. Like the music business as a whole, it is very competitive. Those that
have an intense desire to learn the intricacies of sound, the essentials of
signal flow, the complexities of digital audio, and develop their understanding
of music itself, can look forward to an interesting and rewarding career. Those
with compositional skills and an understanding of the music business will have an even greater chance for success.
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