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AUDIO TECHNICIAN, IN-DEPTH: Training And Networking Are Key

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This audio technician describes the challenges of his job, what he likes most, his key decisions, how difficult getting into the industry is, and work-life balance. He got his foot in the door, at a time when the industry was just changing from analog to digital, when he anticipated the digital change and learned a new program that not a lot of people knew at the time. Now that program is the industry standard. Be technically knowledgeable and network a lot if you want to get into this field.

Degree: Audio Recording
Job Title: Senior Audio Technician
Employer: The Art Institute of Washington

Job Summary: Audio and Video Equipment 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.

On-the-Job Training

Short-term on-the-job training

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.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
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$35,000 - $50,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
0 to 10 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Long hours
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Indoor
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Likes working with hands, Problem solving skills, Technical skills, Verbal communication skills, Written communication skills

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
High school degree
Associate degree
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And</span> <span m='34130'>sometimes</span> <span m='34680'>that</span> <span m='34870'>is</span> <span m='35020'>nice,</span> <span m='35190'>just to</span> <span m='35660'>not</span> <span m='36020'>have to</span> <span m='36080'>go</span> <span m='36280'>anywhere</span> <span m='36790'>and</span> <span m='37070'>be</span> <span m='37320'>at</span> <span m='37500'>the</span> <span m='37720'>desk all day.</span> <span m='37940'>And then</span> <span m='38370'>other</span> <span m='38540'>times,</span> <span m='39020'>it's</span> <span m='39100'>nice</span> <span m='39190'>to</span> <span m='39290'>be</span> <span m='39440'>working</span> <span m='39810'>in</span> <span m='40760'>different</span> <span m='41040'>recording</span> <span m='41350'>studios,</span> <span m='42060'>different</span> <span m='42330'>environments,</span> <span m='45020'>different</span> <span m='45360'>states.</span> <span m='45810'>I go</span> <span m='46300'>all over the</span> <span m='46770'>place, I get to</span> <span m='47240'>travel.</span> <span m='48570'>So</span> <span m='49850'>that's</span> <span m='50120'>the</span> <span m='50180'>best</span> <span m='50440'>part</span> <span m='50620'>about</span> <span m='50850'>it.</span> <span m='51040'>And</span> <span m='51190'>it's</span> <span m='51330'>also</span> <span m='51580'>something</span> <span m='51880'>that I</span> <span m='52352'>love to</span> <span m='52824'>do.</span> </p><p><span m='54116'>What are</span> <span m='54462'>its</span> <span m='54810'>challenges?</span> <span m='55590'>There's</span> <span m='55800'>a</span> <span m='55860'>lot</span> <span m='56080'>of</span> <span m='56150'>technical</span> <span m='56570'>challenges</span> <span m='57520'>in</span> <span m='58270'>what</span> <span m='58450'>I</span> <span m='58580'>do.</span> <span m='59620'>Equipment</span> <span m='60010'>never</span> <span m='60640'>always</span> <span m='61100'>works</span> <span m='61540'>the</span> <span m='61680'>way that</span> <span m='62020'>you</span> <span m='62140'>want it</span> <span m='62440'>to.</span> <span m='62740'>So</span> <span m='62990'>you</span> <span m='63050'>never</span> <span m='63320'>know</span> <span m='63790'>what</span> <span m='64069'>you're</span> <span m='64200'>walking</span> <span m='64640'>into or</span> <span m='65140'>what</span> <span m='65290'>can</span> <span m='65420'>go</span> <span m='65710'>wrong,</span> <span m='66090'>even</span> <span m='66470'>though you</span> <span m='66540'>spend</span> <span m='66780'>a</span> <span m='66850'>lot</span> <span m='67050'>of</span> <span m='67110'>time</span> <span m='67450'>getting</span> <span m='67890'>it to</span> <span m='68770'>set</span> <span m='69080'>up</span> <span m='69280'>correctly.</span> <span m='70010'>There</span> <span m='70440'>could</span> <span m='70600'>be</span> <span m='70790'>any</span> <span m='70880'>problem</span> <span m='71305'>along the</span> <span m='71730'>way.</span> </p><p><span m='73590'>What</span> <span m='73850'>are</span> <span m='73910'>some</span> <span m='74180'>of</span> <span m='74250'>the</span> <span m='74420'>key</span> <span m='74940'>decisions</span> <span m='75580'>you</span> <span m='75760'>made</span> <span m='76170'>in</span> <span m='76310'>your</span> <span m='76460'>career</span> <span m='76880'>that</span> <span m='77030'>led</span> <span m='77300'>you</span> <span m='77530'>to</span> <span m='77760'>where you</span> <span m='77980'>are</span> <span m='78230'>today?</span> <span m='80180'>I</span> <span m='80320'>definitely</span> <span m='80680'>would</span> <span m='80890'>say</span> <span m='81400'>going</span> <span m='81670'>to</span> <span m='81780'>school</span> <span m='82740'>and</span> <span m='82930'>kind</span> <span m='83140'>of</span> <span m='83180'>having</span> <span m='86640'>an</span> <span m='86810'>early</span> <span m='87170'>insight,</span> <span m='87710'>knowing</span> <span m='88160'>that</span> <span m='88630'>the</span> <span m='89100'>recording</span> <span m='89700'>industry,</span> <span m='90170'>at</span> <span m='90260'>the</span> <span m='90370'>time,</span> <span m='90870'>everything</span> <span m='91160'>was</span> <span m='91450'>going</span> <span m='91740'>digital.</span> <span m='92620'>So</span> <span m='92980'>when</span> <span m='93200'>I</span> <span m='93310'>decided</span> <span m='93760'>to</span> <span m='93900'>learn</span> <span m='94350'>and</span> <span m='94660'>go for my</span> <span m='94790'>Pro Tools</span> <span m='95240'>certification</span> <span m='95720'>at</span> <span m='96200'>the</span> <span m='96460'>time,</span> <span m='97410'>most</span> <span m='97710'>recording</span> <span m='98150'>studios</span> <span m='98340'>were</span> <span m='98490'>still</span> <span m='98540'>doing</span> <span m='99050'>everything</span> <span m='99440'>analog.</span> </p><p><span m='100280'>And</span> <span m='100460'>so</span> <span m='101080'>me</span> <span m='101310'>having</span> <span m='101740'>my</span> <span m='101900'>certification</span> <span m='102840'>and</span> <span m='103140'>knowing</span> <span m='104180'>this</span> <span m='104435'>Pro Tools</span> <span m='104690'>software,</span> <span m='106090'>I</span> <span m='106310'>was</span> <span m='106470'>kind</span> <span m='106710'>of</span> <span m='106750'>expecting</span> <span m='107030'>it</span> <span m='107310'>to</span> <span m='107430'>go</span> <span m='107590'>somewhere.</span> <span m='108640'>Now</span> <span m='109570'>it's</span> <span m='109920'>the</span> <span m='110140'>industry</span> <span m='110520'>standard.</span> <span m='110970'>So</span> <span m='111190'>I</span> <span m='111310'>got</span> <span m='111580'>in</span> <span m='111750'>at</span> <span m='111870'>an</span> <span m='112020'>early</span> <span m='113230'>point</span> <span m='113670'>in the</span> <span m='113760'>industry</span> <span m='114200'>where</span> <span m='114790'>Pro</span> <span m='115140'>Tools was</span> <span m='115490'>being</span> <span m='115820'>first</span> <span m='116140'>adopted,</span> <span m='117250'>and</span> <span m='118540'>I</span> <span m='118670'>really</span> <span m='119150'>knew it well.</span> <span m='119830'>So</span> <span m='120020'>that</span> <span m='120385'>got</span> <span m='120750'>my</span> <span m='120920'>foot</span> <span m='121170'>in</span> <span m='121280'>the</span> <span m='121370'>door,</span> <span m='121910'>knowing</span> <span m='122750'>specific</span> <span m='123350'>software</span> <span m='123840'>that</span> <span m='124330'>no one</span> <span m='124730'>else</span> <span m='125110'>really knew at</span> <span m='125350'>the</span> <span m='125440'>time,</span> <span m='126240'>and</span> <span m='126420'>got</span> <span m='126690'>me a</span> <span m='126750'>lot</span> <span m='126980'>of</span> <span m='127050'>work,</span> <span m='127350'>a</span> <span m='127420'>lot</span> <span m='127660'>of</span> <span m='127700'>clients,</span> <span m='128259'>and</span> <span m='129139'>a</span> <span m='129229'>lot</span> <span m='129440'>of</span> <span m='129479'>experience</span> <span m='129799'>right off</span> <span m='130120'>the</span> <span m='130375'>bat.</span> </p><p><span m='132400'>How</span> <span m='132520'>difficult</span> <span m='132800'>is</span> <span m='132990'>it to</span> <span m='133395'>get a</span> <span m='133800'>job</span> <span m='134085'>in the</span> <span m='134370'>industry?</span> <span m='136150'>It</span> <span m='136310'>can</span> <span m='136550'>be</span> <span m='136660'>difficult.</span> <span m='137530'>If</span> <span m='137760'>you</span> <span m='137870'>don't</span> <span m='138200'>know</span> <span m='138810'>the</span> <span m='138890'>right</span> <span m='139120'>people,</span> <span m='139620'>or if you're</span> <span m='140030'>not in</span> <span m='140230'>the</span> <span m='140310'>right</span> <span m='140540'>location,</span> <span m='140815'>or</span> <span m='141090'>in the</span> <span m='141390'>right</span> <span m='141750'>area</span> <span m='142110'>for</span> <span m='143140'>this</span> <span m='144020'>industry,</span> <span m='144950'>it</span> <span m='145040'>can</span> <span m='145240'>be</span> <span m='145350'>pretty</span> <span m='145530'>difficult.</span> <span m='146130'>There's</span> <span m='146510'>major</span> <span m='146850'>hubs</span> <span m='146890'>in</span> <span m='147220'>New</span> <span m='147330'>York,</span> <span m='147860'>and</span> <span m='147970'>Atlanta,</span> <span m='148830'>California.</span> <span m='150000'>DC</span> <span m='150330'>is</span> <span m='150440'>not</span> <span m='150670'>really</span> <span m='150850'>a</span> <span m='150910'>big</span> <span m='151280'>music</span> <span m='152640'>or</span> <span m='152830'>recording</span> <span m='153250'>studio</span> <span m='153630'>town,</span> <span m='154080'>so</span> <span m='154970'>getting</span> <span m='155300'>into</span> <span m='155500'>the</span> <span m='155590'>industry</span> <span m='156140'>in</span> <span m='156310'>this</span> <span m='156420'>city</span> <span m='156840'>is</span> <span m='157040'>a</span> <span m='157120'>little</span> <span m='157290'>bit</span> <span m='157460'>different,</span> <span m='158450'>but</span> <span m='158730'>luckily</span> <span m='159510'>I</span> <span m='159620'>started</span> <span m='160000'>off</span> <span m='160160'>early</span> <span m='160650'>and</span> <span m='161040'>I met</span> <span m='161120'>lot</span> <span m='161300'>of</span> <span m='161350'>people.</span> <span m='162060'>I</span> <span m='162410'>met</span> <span m='162590'>most of</span> <span m='162980'>people</span> <span m='163340'>in</span> <span m='163510'>this</span> <span m='164380'>local</span> <span m='164760'>area</span> <span m='165330'>who</span> <span m='165530'>were</span> <span m='166470'>kind</span> <span m='166660'>of</span> <span m='166780'>major</span> <span m='167120'>players</span> <span m='167560'>in the</span> <span m='167630'>recording</span> <span m='168070'>industry,</span> <span m='168550'>so</span> <span m='168760'>I kind of</span> <span m='169225'>got my foot in the door</span> <span m='169690'>pretty early.</span> </p><p><span m='171550'>And</span> <span m='172000'>what</span> <span m='172170'>is</span> <span m='172290'>my</span> <span m='172440'>work</span> <span m='173010'>life</span> <span m='173340'>balance</span> <span m='173830'>like?</span> <span m='174800'>That's</span> <span m='175140'>the</span> <span m='175780'>hard</span> <span m='176030'>part.</span> <span m='176450'>So</span> <span m='176610'>I</span> <span m='176700'>do</span> <span m='176960'>work</span> <span m='177420'>a</span> <span m='177500'>lot.</span> <span m='177890'>I</span> <span m='178020'>work</span> <span m='180090'>pretty</span> <span m='180730'>much</span> <span m='180930'>six</span> <span m='181170'>days</span> <span m='181390'>a</span> <span m='181450'>week.</span> <span m='181710'>I</span> <span m='181930'>have</span> <span m='182260'>one day of the</span> <span m='182440'>week</span> <span m='182750'>off,</span> <span m='183090'>usually on</span> <span m='183470'>Saturday,</span> <span m='184540'>and</span> <span m='185830'>I usually</span> <span m='186270'>try</span> <span m='186570'>to</span> <span m='186630'>do</span> <span m='186940'>all of</span> <span m='187250'>my</span> <span m='188990'>life</span> <span m='189405'>stuff</span> <span m='189820'>on</span> <span m='190190'>Saturday.</span> <span m='190840'>So it's a</span> <span m='191310'>lot to</span> <span m='191690'>squeeze</span> <span m='192080'>in on</span> <span m='192310'>day of the</span> <span m='192640'>week,</span> <span m='193000'>but</span> <span m='194010'>that's</span> <span m='194230'>just</span> <span m='194400'>the</span> <span m='194460'>way</span> <span m='194590'>it</span> <span m='194875'>is.</span> <span m='195870'>But</span> <span m='196150'>I</span> <span m='196240'>do</span> <span m='196450'>take</span> <span m='197150'>fabulous</span> <span m='197420'>vacations,</span> <span m='198050'>so</span> <span m='198510'>I've</span> <span m='198845'>got to</span> <span m='199180'>love</span> <span m='199570'>that.</span> </p>","file":{"id":227300,"video_id":"2701297262001","name":"66286822","duration":200788,"thumbnail_url":null}});