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Audio Technician Career Video for Audio Technology Students

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Audio Technology, or audio engineering, involves sound recording, monitoring and transmitting. If you are interested in the technology aspect of how audio makes its way into individuals' everyday life, this video gives you a good introduction to making it your career.

Description

Audio technology is the setting up, operating, and maintaining of technical audio equipment. It's used in broadcasts, recordings and live shows using mediums from television to internet to concert halls [1]. Work can be performed by one person or in many cases a team of audio engineers, technicians or operators who orchestrate the engineering experience.

Intro/Summary

Specialization is necessary because of the large variety of duties involved in different aspects of audio technology. Some audio workers focus on the recording of sound, others focus on the broadcasting of sound and still others focus on ensuring equipment is working properly. The terms operator, technician and engineer are often used synonymously in the world of audio technology.

Job Skills and Duties

Technicians dealing with recording work closely with audio/video equipment to ensure it is working properly; they may also perform the recording itself, which is increasingly done using computer recording software. Sound mixers use the recorded material and make movie or television soundtracks. Whichever field of audio technology you are interested in, a basic knowledge of electronics, mechanics and computers is helpful in performing many modern job functions.

Training Required

Skills in audio engineering are best learned through formal educational training, whether it be at a technical school or a college and university. These schools offer certificates, associate degrees and bachelor degrees in audio technology. Most chief engineers at major radio and television stations hold four-year degrees [3]. Furthermore, you can tailor, to some degree, your education with elective courses. If possible, attend a school that offers internship opportunities at radio or television stations, theaters, and recording studios. You'll also want to look into ongoing educational opportunities to stay ahead of the field as new technology grows.

Typical Occupations

Typical job titles in audio include[2]:

  • Radio Operators
  • Recording Engineers
  • Sound Engineering Technicians
  • Audio and Video Equipment Technicians
  • Broadcast Technicians
  • Sound Mixers

With enough experience, technicians, operators and engineers can move up to supervisory and management positions.

Conclusion

In summary, audio technology deals with the process of taking media from the recording stage to the transmission of consumers. A variety of different fields exist, and many require an engineer who is knowledgeable in electronics, mechanics, and computers. Do research at your local technical school, junior college or university to see if they offer degrees in audio technology.


Sources

[#1]The Bureau of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov

[#2]The Bureau of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov

[#3]http://stats.bls.gov/oco/pdf/ocos109.pdf

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