Employment Opportunities

According to a report by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for sound engineering technicians is expected to grow faster than average through the year 2018 (Source - Mix magazine)

Once you have completed your course, we can direct you to dozens of pages of audio-related jobs all around the world. This amounts to more than 1,000 jobs!


Directly-related fields

Recording engineer

Music producer

Disc mastering engineer

Sound reinforcement engineer (live shows)

TV audio engineer

Radio station engineer

Stage sound mixer

Audio for games

Video production audio engineer

Internet and website music coordinator

Acoustical engineer

Maintenance engineer

Recording studio owner

Studio designer and consultant

Recording studio manager

Session producer for musicians

Radio production studio engineer

Mobile studio engineer

Film/TV music composer

Film/TV music editor

Sound effects editor

Corporate or government audio engineer

Educational production audio engineer

Film re-recording audio engineer (in-house or independent)

Audio equipment dealer/salesperson

Audio equipment rental house dealer/employee/driver

Audio research engineer


FOH Engineer


Looping coordinator

Production engineer


Audio Technician Dialog Editors

Medical audiologist

In-house sound mixer

Other fields

Music arranger, Orchestrator, Music publisher, Conductor, Concert artist, Symphony orchestra member, Studio musician, Choir singer, Music teacher, Musical instrument salesperson, Instrument repair technician, Luthier, Theatrical agent, Manager, Pop singer, Band member, Songwriter, Disc jockey, Recording artist, Movie/radio/TV music director, Record producer, Church organist, Music librarian, Music therapist, Piano tuner, Copyist, Music critic, Accompanist, Composer, Music store manager, Record company executive, Record distributor, Promotions manager, Artist and repertoire man or woman, Instrument rental dealer, Live show promoter, Publicity manager, CD plant employee, Record pressing plant technician/executive, Stage lighting technician, Road equipment manager, Personal manager, Roadie, Tour-bus driver, Audio magazine employee, Performing rights organization employee, Flatulance detector, Album cover designer/artist.

Comparative median salaries in the USA:

Recording studio engineer $40,000 per year
Assistant/second engineer $25,000
Radio production engineer $38,000
TV/video production engineer $42,500
Corporate/government/educational $40,800
Film re-recording engineer $55,000
Equipment dealer/distributor/rental $45,000

Years in pro-audio industry — Average age:

1-5 years 10% Under 19 3%
5-9 years 17% 20-34 40%
10-14 years 28% 20-34 40%
15-24 years 25% 20-34 40%
25-30 years 18% 45-54 15%
30 + years 2% 55 + years 7%


The entertainment business is a strange beast indeed! It often works on the "who-you-know" principle which is why it is important to make and retain as many contacts as possible during your AIA training - and throughout your entire career.
Networking is the key
Many of our successful graduates are now working all over the world. We know that they are pleased to help AIA's new grads get a foothold in the business. You will have hundreds of contacts around the world to help you get established.
Most entertainment industry jobs are NOT filled from classified advertising but through personal contacts and recommendations from friends or colleagues. Being in the right place at the right time has always been always a winning combination.

Doing a job you love is loving the job you do!

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