Statistics for a career in audio engineering
In 2013, 13,480 people were employed in the audio engineering field. The majority of jobs are in the motion picture and video industries, with over 3,860 people employed in this field. This industry also has an average hourly wage of $36.48 which is one of the highest rates for audio engineers. Sound recording industries also have a high number of audio engineer’s working- approximately 2,840 people. Hourly average wage in this sector is $23.00.
Radio and television broadcasting accounts for approximately 1,420 people, with an average hourly wage of $23.97. Performing arts companies employed approximately 1,050 people, with the average hourly wage in the region of $24.47.
The smallest amount of audio engineers were employed in the Independent Artists and writers category, with hourly wage average of $30.01.
Other industries where audio engineers may be employed include spectator sports, software publishers and amusement parks and arcades. http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes274014.htm
The best state to work as an audio engineer is Georgia. This is because you will receive an above average wage as an audio engineer in Georgia. Within this industry salaries can range between $26,000-$67,000 and the disparity between salaries can involve factors such as location, whom you work for and whether you have a degree and what your level of experience is. Most people start off in jobs which are not brilliantly paid, but by gaining further expertise as their career grows it is possible for you to command a very high salary.
There is a variety of degree programmes available to study audio engineering. Degrees are available at certificate, bachelors, masters and doctorate level. If you are good at working with technology and equipment this may be a course you would consider undertaking. You may also consider an internship to help gain further experience, going down this route can enable you to make some important connections and allow you to see the realities of the job role. Important personality traits include excellent practical skills, people skills, ability to work under pressure, excellent hearing and a good sense of pitch, timing and rhythm. It can be hard to get your first lob so perseverance and endurance are also important qualities to have.