Sound Engineering Technicians

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Will "Sound Engineering Technicians" be replaced by AI & Robots?

There is very little chance of this occupation being replaced by robots/AI. This is further validated by our poll, which suggests a 30% chance of automation within the next 2 decades.

Automation Risk Level

No worries

or 13% probability of automation

Projected Growth


by 2024

Median Annual Wage


or $25.81 hourly

People Employed


as of 2016

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How this compares with other jobs: 186 out of 706

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Job description

Operate machines and equipment to record, synchronize, mix, or reproduce music, voices, or sound effects in sporting arenas, theater productions, recording studios, or movie and video productions.

SOC Code: 27-4014

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Laszlo says
This is my dream job. I'm constantly working towards it for years.
I think every song and every audio engineer is different. And that is the beauty of this. We don't need computer programs to do the mixing and mastering... That would kill the creativity behind a song. And this occupation is full of emotions. The artist puts his/her emotions into the song. The mixing engineer receieves them and puts a little bit of him/herself into the final "product".
I don't want songs to sound nearly the same all the time...
So I will constantly fight against automation in this field!
Please don't take my dream job away!!!
Sep 24, 2019 at 03:45 PM
Lawrence (Highly likely) says
As someone has said here...when you see what RX can do now in the program's infancy, and you follow the logical's clear to see plugins and presets are going to be the way of the future. I work with RX every day at an Audiobook production house. People with no engineering training are able to mass process, or batch process, all sorts of voices. Does it sound perfect? Not yet. Is it far off? Not at all.
Aug 16, 2019 at 08:14 PM
copaceaenu stefan (No chance) says
because any song u need to mix have another structure, and there are over 1 million songs or maybe more and a robot can't learn that much
Jun 24, 2019 at 09:01 PM
Raf (Could go either way) says
When I see what rx can do in post, I'm forced to admit that the job gonna be more automated.
May 11, 2019 at 04:07 PM
Jared (No chance) says
Robots can't do my job.
Apr 20, 2019 at 12:16 PM
Jessica (Could go either way) says
A great deal of shows are already automated, it's just mostly limited to cruise ships at the moment
Apr 10, 2019 at 05:49 AM

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