Careers Involving Music Engineering

There are a few different creative positions that allow professionals to incorporate music engineering into their work. Learn about these jobs, their median salaries, education requirements and expected job growth rates.

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Career Options Involving Music Engineering

Most careers that involve music in some way also involve music engineering to help create the desired music and sound effects for a particular production. These careers range in job duties and come from fields that include broadcasting, dance and theater. Find out more about each career that involves music engineering below.

Job Title Median Salary (2016)* Job Growth (2016-2026)*
Broadcast Technicians $38,550 -3% (Decline)
Sound Engineering Technicians $53,680 6%
Producers and Directors $70,950 12%
Musicians and Singers $25.14 (Median Hourly Wage) 7%
Choreographers $48,240 3%

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Broadcast Technicians

Although it is not their primary duty, broadcast technicians may use different music engineering techniques as they edit audio for radio or television productions. Some of their main responsibilities include working with transmitters and equipment that control the signal for these productions. Broadcast technicians are usually the professionals who install and maintain this equipment and also use different computer programs for video and audio editing. They usually need to earn an associate's degree, though entry-level positions can be obtained with a high school diploma.

Sound Engineering Technicians

Sound engineering technicians use music engineering on a regular basis as they mix and record music, sound effects and other audio. They create these different sounds for television, movie and theater productions using computers and advanced sound equipment that they usually know how to install and repair as needed. While using different aspects of music engineering, these professionals may also layer various sounds, synchronize audio with visuals and reproduce music. Sound engineering technicians may need a postsecondary certificate or diploma, depending on the position. Like broadcast technicians, they can also break into the field with a high school diploma.

Producers and Directors

Some producers and directors, especially music producers and directors of musical performances, need some knowledge of music engineering to help them create the desired music and audio for the various productions they oversee. While they may or may not be the ones to actually create and edit the music and add different effects, they need to understand music engineering to an extent that will allow them to hire or direct the sound engineering technicians and other professionals who create the sounds. In general, producers are responsible for the financial side of these productions, including raising funds and marketing the production or project, while directors make the creative decisions and oversee the different people involved in a project. Producers and directors need at least a bachelor's degree and related work experience, usually in a position related to the type of production they are working on.

Musicians and Singers

Similar to producers and directors, it helps musicians and singers to have some knowledge of music engineering when working with a music producer or sound engineer to create a unique final product while in the studio. Some musicians and singers may even use music engineering in their own home studios to create songs by recording various instruments and layering audio. These professionals often spend many hours practicing and rehearsing and may need to travel for different performances. They usually need to do some promotional work, whether promoting themselves on social media or conducting interviews. Musicians and singers do not have to have a formal education, but many pursue a bachelor's degree if they want to perform classical music.

Choreographers

Choreographers may use basic skills in music engineering to produce original music tracks for their dances. These professionals create a wide range of dances in different styles with complicated dance steps and techniques that they must teach to their dancers. They usually get to select the dancers in their performances through an audition process and may also give input into lighting, costume and other creative decisions for the performance. Choreographers usually start out as dancers, which requires training from an early age.

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