Sound Engineering Technicians

risk level
Based on 153 votes
by year 2032
or $29.17 per hour
as of 2022

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Automation risk

39% (Low Risk)

Low Risk (21-40%): Jobs in this level have a limited risk of automation, as they demand a mix of technical and human-centric skills.

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User poll

31% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted there's a low chance this occupation will be automated. This assessment is further supported by the calculated automation risk level, which estimates 39% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that Sound Engineering Technicians will be replaced by robots or artificial intelligence within the next 20 years?


The following graph(s) are included wherever there is a substantial amount of votes to render meaningful data. These visual representations display user poll results over time, providing a significant indication of sentiment trends.

Sentiment over time (yearly)


Fast growth relative to other professions

The number of 'Sound Engineering Technicians' job openings is expected to rise 7.5% by 2032

Total employment, and estimated job openings

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031
Updated projections are due 09-2023.


Moderately paid relative to other professions

In 2022, the median annual wage for 'Sound Engineering Technicians' was $60,670, or $29 per hour

'Sound Engineering Technicians' were paid 31.0% higher than the national median wage, which stood at $46,310

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Significantly lower range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2022 there were 13,420 people employed as 'Sound Engineering Technicians' within the United States.

This represents around < 0.001% of the employed workforce across the country

Put another way, around 1 in 11 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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Audrey Gardner (Uncertain) says
Sound engineering requires not only creativity, but it also has niches and processes that only humans can emulate. The reason I'm uncertain on this, is because of the recent spike in music and sound related AI generation.
Jan 03, 2024 at 06:16 PM
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 (Uncertain) 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 (Uncertain) 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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