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 2016 (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.

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