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GUITAR TECH: Takes Care Of Traveling Musicians & Their Instruments

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Laurence is a Guitar Tech, which is also known as a Roadie. His job is very technical, however; he is in charge of setting up, maintaining, and repairing all of the musical instruments for traveling musical groups, mostly in rock 'n roll. His advice: if you're interested in this job, start by doing load-ins and load-outs at clubs. Keep showing up, work hard, and you'll get the opportunity to make this a career.

Degree: Anthropology - Geology
Job Title: Guitar Tech

Job Summary: Sound Engineering Technicians

Job Description

Broadcast and sound engineering technicians set up, operate, and maintain the electrical equipment for radio and television broadcasts, concerts, sound recordings, and movies and in office and school buildings.

Broadcast and sound engineering technicians typically do the following:

-Operate, monitor, and adjust audio and video equipment to regulate the volume and ensure quality in radio and television broadcasts, concerts, and other performances.
-Set up and tear down equipment for events and live performances.
-Record speech, music, and other sounds on recording equipment.
-Synchronize sounds and dialogue with action taking place on television or in movie productions.
-Convert video and audio records to digital formats for editing.
-Install audio, video, and sometimes lighting equipment in hotels, offices, and schools.
-Report and repair equipment problems.
-Keep records of recordings and equipment used.

On-the-Job Training

Continual on-the-job training can be expected.

Additional Info

Technicians who have work experience and formal training in their field will have the best opportunities for a job. Although some formal apprenticeship programs do exist, more frequently a new technician will accompany a more senior level technician to get the training and skills necessary for advancement.

Certification Requirement
A voluntary certification, for instance from the Society of Broadcast Engineers, can help in getting a job.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$40,000 - $60,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
1 to 10 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Long hours
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office, Indoor
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Detail oriented, Problem solving skills, Analytical skills, Technical skills, Mathematical skills

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
High school degree
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m='11190'>or</span> <span m='11450'>in</span> <span m='11580'>a</span> <span m='11700'>theater</span> <span m='12430'>or</span> <span m='12900'>in</span> <span m='13040'>an</span> <span m='13340'>arena.</span> <span m='14380'>It's</span> <span m='14580'>also,</span> <span m='15160'>I</span> <span m='15340'>guess</span> <span m='15570'>it</span> <span m='15900'>could</span> <span m='16010'>be</span> <span m='16129'>known</span> <span m='16420'>as</span> <span m='16570'>a</span> <span m='16680'>roadie.</span> <span m='18600'>But</span> <span m='18870'>I'm also</span> <span m='19150'>more</span> <span m='19370'>technical</span> <span m='21500'>based,</span> <span m='21960'>and</span> <span m='22200'>we</span> <span m='22290'>do</span> <span m='22470'>repair</span> <span m='22880'>work</span> <span m='23250'>on-site.</span> <span m='24040'>But</span> <span m='24230'>I</span> <span m='24410'>tune</span> <span m='24570'>up</span> <span m='24950'>the</span> <span m='25040'>guitars</span> <span m='26230'>when</span> <span m='26270'>a</span> <span m='26670'>band</span> <span m='27130'>has guitars</span> <span m='27700'>in</span> <span m='27830'>their</span> <span m='27910'>band.</span> <span m='28400'>And,</span> <span m='29270'>like</span> <span m='29420'>I</span> <span m='29460'>said,</span> <span m='29660'>I</span> <span m='29710'>set</span> <span m='29900'>up</span> <span m='30040'>all</span> <span m='30140'>the</span> <span m='30230'>equipment</span> <span m='30740'>like</span> <span m='30900'>the</span> <span m='30990'>drums</span> <span m='31450'>and the</span> <span m='31620'>keyboards.</span> <span m='32640'>And</span> <span m='32900'>if</span> <span m='33030'>there's</span> <span m='33420'>a</span> <span m='33490'>horn</span> <span m='33760'>section</span> <span m='34170'>or</span> <span m='34280'>any</span> <span m='34480'>kind</span> <span m='34760'>of</span> <span m='35390'>musical</span> <span m='35770'>instruments,</span> <span m='36350'>I</span> <span m='36470'>set</span> <span m='36750'>them</span> <span m='36900'>up</span> <span m='37130'>on</span> <span m='37310'>stage.</span> </p><p><span m='38370'>I</span> <span m='38550'>studied</span> <span m='38905'>at</span> <span m='39260'>college.</span> <span m='39810'>I studied</span> <span m='40040'>geology</span> <span m='40560'>and</span> <span m='40630'>anthropology,</span> <span m='41360'>which</span> <span m='41560'>is</span> <span m='41710'>completely</span> <span m='42560'>unrelated</span> <span m='43160'>to</span> <span m='43260'>what</span> <span m='43410'>I</span> <span m='43490'>do</span> <span m='43670'>now.</span> <span m='44010'>But</span> <span m='44230'>it</span> <span m='44400'>just</span> <span m='44550'>shows</span> <span m='44820'>that</span> <span m='45020'>you</span> <span m='45260'>have</span> <span m='45450'>a</span> <span m='45500'>long</span> <span m='45800'>life,</span> <span m='46080'>and</span> <span m='46200'>you</span> <span m='46300'>don't</span> <span m='46420'>necessarily</span> <span m='47320'>have</span> <span m='47520'>to</span> <span m='47640'>decide</span> <span m='48080'>right</span> <span m='48260'>away</span> <span m='48510'>what</span> <span m='48710'>you</span> <span m='48820'>want</span> <span m='49000'>to</span> <span m='49060'>do.</span> </p><p><span m='49940'>So</span> <span m='50190'>I</span> <span m='50370'>was</span> <span m='50550'>a</span> <span m='50600'>musician</span> <span m='51210'>briefly,</span> <span m='51920'>playing</span> <span m='52240'>in</span> <span m='52590'>bands.</span> <span m='53180'>And</span> <span m='53490'>I</span> <span m='53540'>had</span> <span m='53650'>a</span> <span m='53690'>friend</span> <span m='54000'>who</span> <span m='54060'>was</span> <span m='54190'>a</span> <span m='54240'>sound</span> <span m='54660'>man,</span> <span m='55410'>who</span> <span m='55670'>is</span> <span m='55910'>the</span> <span m='56000'>one</span> <span m='56130'>who</span> <span m='56210'>mixes</span> <span m='56680'>the</span> <span m='56780'>levels</span> <span m='57220'>of</span> <span m='57400'>the</span> <span m='57500'>sound</span> <span m='57930'>of</span> <span m='58020'>the</span> <span m='58090'>band.</span> <span m='58870'>And</span> <span m='59130'>he</span> <span m='59290'>asked</span> <span m='59540'>me</span> <span m='59660'>if</span> <span m='59810'>I</span> <span m='59890'>wanted</span> <span m='60220'>to</span> <span m='60720'>come</span> <span m='61000'>along.</span> <span m='61970'>And</span> <span m='62180'>as</span> <span m='62410'>its</span> <span m='62530'>most</span> <span m='62670'>basic,</span> <span m='63310'>you</span> <span m='63490'>pack</span> <span m='63760'>up</span> <span m='63890'>the</span> <span m='63980'>gear</span> <span m='64319'>and</span> <span m='64410'>you</span> <span m='64519'>make</span> <span m='64780'>sure</span> <span m='65010'>it</span> <span m='65050'>gets</span> <span m='65239'>from</span> <span m='65379'>point</span> <span m='65630'>A</span> <span m='65740'>to</span> <span m='65870'>point</span> <span m='66130'>B.</span> <span m='66710'>And</span> <span m='66880'>as</span> <span m='67060'>you</span> <span m='67150'>get</span> <span m='67360'>better,</span> <span m='67640'>you</span> <span m='67790'>learn</span> <span m='67990'>more</span> <span m='68220'>about</span> <span m='68550'>repair</span> <span m='68930'>work</span> <span m='69350'>and</span> <span m='69660'>for</span> <span m='69820'>taking</span> <span m='70130'>care</span> <span m='70550'>of</span> <span m='70890'>musicians</span> <span m='71420'>needs</span> <span m='71840'>and</span> <span m='72240'>traveling.</span> </p><p><span m='73790'>advice</span> <span m='74150'>if</span> <span m='74230'>you're</span> <span m='74410'>interested</span> <span m='74830'>in</span> <span m='74930'>doing</span> <span m='75120'>what</span> <span m='75280'>I</span> <span m='75460'>do,</span> <span m='76090'>is</span> <span m='76540'>that</span> <span m='76900'>you</span> <span m='77210'>can</span> <span m='77500'>get</span> <span m='77690'>started</span> <span m='78330'>by</span> <span m='79140'>being</span> <span m='79430'>at</span> <span m='79590'>a</span> <span m='79650'>club</span> <span m='80260'>and</span> <span m='80920'>just</span> <span m='81150'>doing</span> <span m='81340'>the</span> <span m='81440'>load-ins</span> <span m='81745'>and</span> <span m='82180'>doing</span> <span m='82380'>the</span> <span m='82450'>load-outs</span> <span m='83740'>of</span> <span m='84450'>clubs</span> <span m='84790'>and</span> <span m='84970'>venues.</span> <span m='85960'>It</span> <span m='86080'>may</span> <span m='86220'>be</span> <span m='86370'>boring</span> <span m='86720'>at</span> <span m='86830'>first</span> <span m='87170'>packing</span> <span m='87900'>trucks,</span> <span m='88420'>which</span> <span m='88630'>I</span> <span m='88730'>still</span> <span m='89210'>end</span> <span m='89410'>up</span> <span m='89560'>doing.</span> <span m='89930'>But</span> <span m='90420'>for</span> <span m='90610'>the</span> <span m='90700'>most</span> <span m='90940'>part,</span> <span m='91140'>if</span> <span m='91250'>you</span> <span m='91390'>like</span> <span m='91730'>traveling,</span> <span m='93290'>this</span> <span m='93500'>is</span> <span m='93640'>a</span> <span m='93690'>good</span> <span m='94010'>job</span> <span m='94280'>for</span> <span m='94450'>that.</span> <span m='94860'>You</span> <span m='94950'>travel</span> <span m='95400'>every</span> <span m='95650'>day.</span> <span m='95830'>You</span> <span m='95970'>go</span> <span m='96150'>to</span> <span m='96260'>a</span> <span m='96330'>different</span> <span m='96720'>city</span> <span m='96980'>usually.</span> <span m='98290'>And</span> <span m='98890'>one</span> <span m='99050'>thing</span> <span m='99230'>I</span> <span m='99280'>would</span> <span m='99440'>have,</span> <span m='99940'>if</span> <span m='100090'>I</span> <span m='100180'>would have</span> <span m='100360'>liked</span> <span m='100660'>to</span> <span m='100760'>have</span> <span m='100870'>known</span> <span m='101210'>when</span> <span m='101380'>I</span> <span m='101430'>was</span> <span m='101550'>younger</span> <span m='102310'>was</span> <span m='102540'>that</span> <span m='103190'>you</span> <span m='103370'>don't</span> <span m='104070'>have</span> <span m='104370'>to</span> <span m='105360'>know</span> <span m='105580'>exactly</span> <span m='105980'>what</span> <span m='106120'>you</span> <span m='106240'>want</span> <span m='106490'>right</span> <span m='106740'>away.</span> </p><p><span m='107560'>And</span> <span m='107920'>if</span> <span m='108020'>you</span> <span m='108630'>you're</span> <span m='108800'>interested</span> <span m='109260'>in</span> <span m='109350'>something,</span> <span m='109960'>all</span> <span m='110210'>you</span> <span m='110280'>gotta</span> <span m='110490'>do</span> <span m='110700'>is</span> <span m='110870'>keep</span> <span m='111120'>doing</span> <span m='111440'>it.</span> <span m='111580'>Because</span> <span m='112190'>no</span> <span m='112300'>matter</span> <span m='112600'>who</span> <span m='112800'>you</span> <span m='112990'>are,</span> <span m='113400'>you</span> <span m='113500'>may</span> <span m='113690'>think</span> <span m='114160'>this</span> <span m='114350'>is</span> <span m='114450'>so</span> <span m='114640'>hard,</span> <span m='115110'>I</span> <span m='115150'>don't</span> <span m='115340'>understand</span> <span m='115810'>how</span> <span m='115900'>to</span> <span m='116010'>do</span> <span m='116180'>something.</span> <span m='116960'>If</span> <span m='117110'>you</span> <span m='117260'>keep</span> <span m='117610'>doing</span> <span m='117970'>something,</span> <span m='119310'>eventually</span> <span m='120080'>you'll</span> <span m='120350'>get</span> <span m='120490'>an</span> <span m='120580'>opportunity</span> <span m='121430'>to</span> <span m='121560'>do</span> <span m='121740'>it</span> <span m='121810'>as</span> <span m='121980'>a</span> <span m='122040'>job.</span> <span m='122710'>You</span> <span m='122730'>just</span> <span m='122940'>have</span> <span m='123010'>to</span> <span m='123110'>stick</span> <span m='123380'>around</span> <span m='123660'>long</span> <span m='123880'>enough.</span> <span m='124610'>The</span> <span m='124720'>only</span> <span m='124790'>bad</span> <span m='125060'>thing</span> <span m='125250'>is</span> <span m='125350'>that</span> <span m='125490'>if</span> <span m='125580'>you</span> <span m='125700'>give</span> <span m='125970'>up,</span> <span m='126950'>then</span> <span m='127080'>you</span> <span m='127190'>won't</span> <span m='127330'>have</span> <span m='127480'>that</span> <span m='127670'>chance</span> <span m='128000'>when</span> <span m='128120'>it</span> <span m='128180'>comes</span> <span m='128430'>around</span> <span m='128880'>to</span> <span m='129289'>get</span> <span m='129500'>that</span> <span m='129830'>position</span> <span m='130500'>to</span> <span m='130630'>get</span> <span m='130780'>you</span> <span m='130870'>going</span> <span m='131760'>into</span> <span m='132670'>the</span> <span m='132810'>crew</span> <span m='133150'>that</span> <span m='133220'>you</span> <span m='133330'>like.</span> </p>","file":{"id":330232,"video_id":"2976322670001","name":"1674-Larry-GuitarTech1","duration":134699,"thumbnail_url":null}});