Sound Engineering Technicians

6.2/10 job score
risk level
by 2031
or $29.08 hourly
as of 2021

What is the risk of automation?

We calculate this occupation to have an automation risk score of 39% (Start worrying)

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How quickly is this occupation growing?

The number of 'Sound Engineering Technicians' job openings is expected to rise 7.5% by 2031
'Sound Engineering Technicians' is expected to be a fast growing occupation in comparison to other occupations.
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031.
Updated projections are due Sep 2023.

What are the median wages for 'Sound Engineering Technicians' in the United States?

In 2021 the median annual wage for 'Sound Engineering Technicians' was $60,500, or $29.08 hourly
'Sound Engineering Technicians' are paid 32.2% higher than the national median wage, which stands at $45,760
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

How many people are employed as sound engineering technicians?

As of 2021 there were 10,800 people employed as Sound Engineering Technicians within the United States.
This represents around 0.008% of the employed workforce across the country.
Put another way, around 1 in 13 thousand people are employed as Sound Engineering Technicians.

Job description

Assemble and operate equipment to record, synchronize, mix, edit, or reproduce sound, including music, voices, or sound effects, for theater, video, film, television, podcasts, sporting events, and other productions.

SOC Code: 27-4014.00


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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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