Audio Engineering

Where can I get a job?

Student using Audio Equipment

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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