Sound Engineering Technician

Career Overview

Sound engineering technicians set up and operate computers and audio equipment that records or mixes voices, music or other sound effects in theaters, studios, arenas, movies, and videos.


It may be necessary to complete a program in sound engineering technology or something similar in order to obtain one of these positions. These programs are typically offered through colleges.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$23,000 /yr
$53,000 /yr
$88,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Math
  • Electronics
  • Performing Arts
  • English - as much as possible!
  • Communication
  • Music
  • Videography
Work Environment

Typically, sound engineering technicians work for radio or television stations, movie studios, video production companies, recording studios, theaters, and arenas. At times they may work long hours because of deadlines. Many are also required to work at night and on the weekends.

Future Outlook

There will likely be strong competition for these positions. Opportunities may differ based on geographical location.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada