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What can an audio engineer do?

There are endless possibilities for an audio engineer. The employment field is FAR WIDER than you may think it is! From recording studios to forensic audio for Law Enforcement, there are many other Professional Audio jobs that you may have never thought about. Who places sounds into toys? Who helps design the interior speakers for vehicles? How do astronauts transmit communication when orbiting space? These are just a few jobs, of many, that Audio Engineers do.

Many believe that Audio Engineers mainly work in recording studios. Truthfully, Audio Engineers have the capability of mixing sound for Post Production (sound for movies), going on tour (Live Sound), getting sound for television/websites (Broadcast Audio), or recording shotgun blasts to be used in video games (Game Audio). An Audio Engineer’s “office” can be anywhere their knowledge and imagination want it to be, and Avant Media Institutes's goal is to help our graduates get there!

What are the different types of Audio Engineers?

Post Production Engineer

Is all stages of audio production relating to sound produced and synchronized with moving picture (film, television, or video). It involves sound design, effects, Foley, ADR, sound editing, audio mixing, etc.

Broadcast technician

Set up, operate, and maintain the electronic equipment used to transmit radio and television programs. Control audio equipment to regulate volume level and quality of sound during radio and television broadcasts. Operate transmitter to broadcast radio or television programs.

Audio equipment technician

Set up and install equipment such as microphones, sound speakers, video screens, projectors, video monitors, recording equipment, connecting wires and cables, sound and mixing boards for events and functions such as concerts, sports events, meetings and conventions, presentations, and news conferences.

What are the salary wages for different types of Audio Engineers? 

* Earns an average of $24,600 - $67,900 per year.

* Earns an average of $68,921 - $78,455 per year.

* Earns an average of $80,400 - $132,000 per year. 

* Earns an average of $61,214 per year.

* Earns an average of $70,000 per year.

PRODUCTION ASSISTANT
BROADCAST TECHNICIAN
AUDIO EQUIPMENT TECHNICIAN
SOUND ENGINEER
ACOUSTIC CONSULTANT

* Wages also range due to experiences and level of clientele, just as a recording and mixing engineer. Generally what a Mastering Engineer makes depends on experience and ability. Engineers with few years of experience may charge $10 - $30 per song. Engineers with years of experience may charge $500 - $700 per project. 

* Wages can range depending on experience and who their client is (independent or signed). Highly experienced and well known engineers can earn $5,000 per song, plus points (Royalties). The average starting rate for new and inexperienced engineers may earn $100 per song or charge $15 to $25 per hour.

* Wages can range for the same reasons as a recording engineer. A mixing engineer can earn $500 - $1,000 per song or $50 - $100 per hour. 

RECORDING ENGINEERS

* Earn an average hourly wage of $15.14. Hourly's typically start from $10.63 per hour and go up to $41.42 per hour.

LIVE SOUND ENGINEERS
MASTERING ENGINEERS
MIXING ENGINEERS

Is there a HIGH DEMAND for Audio Engineers?

Overall employment of broadcast and sound engineering technicians is projected to grow 8% from 2018 to 2028. That is faster than the average for all other occupations. Growth is expected to stem from businesses, schools, and entertainment industries seeking to improve their audio and video capabilities. 

Many believe that Audio Engineers mainly work in recording studios. Truthfully, Audio Engineers have the capability of mixing sound for Post Production (sound for movies), going on tour (Live Sound), getting sound for television/websites (Broadcast Audio), or recording shotgun blasts to be used in video games (Game Audio). An Audio Engineer’s “office” can be anywhere their knowledge and imagination want it to be, and Avant Media Institutes's goal is to help our graduates get there!

What can an audio engineer do?

There are endless possibilities for an audio engineer. The employment field is FAR WIDER than you may think it is! From recording studios to forensic audio for Law Enforcement, there are many other Professional Audio jobs that you may have never thought about. Who places sounds into toys? Who helps design the interior speakers for vehicles? How do astronauts transmit communication when orbiting space? These are just a few jobs, of many, that Audio Engineers do.

What are the different types of Audio Engineers?

Post Production Engineer

Responsible for all stages of audio production relating to sound produced and synchronized with moving picture (film, television, or video). It involves sound design, effects, foley, ADR, sound editing, audio mixing, etc.

Sound engineer

Assembling, operating and maintaining the technical equipment used to record, amplify, enhance, mix or reproduce sound.

Live sound
engineer

Control the sound at live events such as theatre performances and music concerts.

Broadcast technician

Set up, operate, and maintain the electronic equipment used to transmit radio and television programs. Control audio equipment to regulate volume level and quality of sound during radio and television broadcasts. Operate transmitter to broadcast radio or television programs.

Audio equipment technician

Set up and install equipment such as microphones, sound speakers, video screens, projectors, video monitors, recording equipment, connecting wires and cables, sound and mixing boards for events and functions such as concerts, sports events, meetings and conventions, presentations, and news conferences.

Acoustic consultant

Help to design, assess, manage and control sound and vibrations in the built environment. They may also be described as acousticians or acoustic engineers. The duties undertaken by acoustic consultants might include: Offering advice to architects and other designers.

Recording
engineer

Responsible for the artist's and the producer's mix and overall sound of the album.

Mastering
engineer

Responsible for a final edit of a product and preparation for manufacturing copies.

Mixing engineer

Mixes and edits sound using audio and engineering equipment. It is their responsibility to adjust volume levels, add effects, manipulate the audio's frequency and synchronize sound.

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