An audio engineer is concerned with the recording, manipulation, mixing and reproduction of sound. Many audio engineers creatively use technologies to produce sound for film, radio, television, music, electronic products and computer games. Alternatively, the term audio engineer can refer to a scientist or engineer who develops new audio technologies working within the field of acoustical engineering.
Audio engineering concerns the creative and practical aspects of sounds including speech and music, as well as the development of new audio technologies and advancing scientific understanding of audible sound.
Audio Engineers who carry out research and development invent new technologies, equipment and techniques, to enhance the process and art. They might design acoustical simulations of rooms, shaping algorithms for audio signal processing, specify public address systems, carry out research on audible sound for video game console manufacturers, and other advanced fields of audio engineering. They might also be referred to as acoustic engineers.
Audio engineers working in research and development may come from backgrounds such as acoustics, computer science, broadcast engineering, physics, acoustical engineering and electronics. Audio engineering courses at university or college fall into two rough categories: (i) training in the creative use of audio as a sound engineer, and (ii) training in science or engineering which then allows students to pursue a career developing audio technologies. The second type of courses necessarily have the significant scientific and mathematical content needed to carry out research and development in audio engineering.
Audio Engineering Salaries
According to a report released by the bureau of labor statistics in 2013 sound engineers made on average $56k/year with the top 10% of audio engineers earning over $100k/year.
Who is hiring audio engineers?
Industries with the highest level of employment for audio engineers include the motion picture and video industry, sound recording industries, radio and television broadcasters, performing arts companies, independent artists, writers and performers.
Industries paying the most to audio engineers include the motion picture and video industry, sporting arenas, software publishers and amusement parks.