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LEAD MUSIC TECHNICIAN: Working In Many Different Fields

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Working at the music department at an art school requires wearing many hats. He builds recording studios, organizes projects, and organizes marketing events. He is passionate about creating his own music, but this job has given him the opportunity to gain experience in fields outside of music like web design and marketing.

Degree: Music and Audio Production
Job Title: Lead Music Technician
Employer: Academy of Art University

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
National Statistic Change Location
$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
Indoor, Office
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Problem solving skills, Technical skills, Analytical skills, Detail oriented, Mathematical skills

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
High school degree
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