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What is an Audio Engineer and How Do I Become One?

Interested in pursuing an exciting career as an audio engineer/sound technician? Once you learn the technical skills and receive the training you need to succeed, you’ll be qualified for a wide variety of rewarding positions that put you on the cutting edge of audio engineering, technology, and pop culture.

What is an Audio Engineer?

An audio engineer records, edits, mixes, and produces various types of audio: such as voiceover, sound effects, and music. An audio engineer may work in a recording studio, recording vocal/musical artists; at live events, such as concerts or performances; or they may work on albums, videos, radio and television shows, movies, or video games. Audio engineers must understand how to set up and operate audio equipment such as microphones, speakers, mixers, soundboards, and more. Any media that uses sound can benefit from the expertise of an audio engineer.

How to Become an Audio Engineer

While you aren’t required to meet specific educational requirement to become an audio engineer, getting a comprehensive degree from an accredited school like the International College of Broadcasting (ICB) can give you a competitive advantage, letting your pursue careers that require technical skills.

Build a Sound Portfolio

Take the best examples of your audio work from school and create a sound portfolio – this should include a video that showcases various projects (including recording location sound, mixing, and editing) you’ve worked on. Be sure to render the sound at the highest quality possible.

Gain Real-World Experience

Once you’ve completed your degree in audio engineering (or even better, our dual degree in Video Production & Audio Engineering), it’s time to rack up some real-world experience. To start, you may want to pursue an internship with a recording studio or seek an entry-level audio engineering assistant position. You’ll likely get exposed to a wide variety of working environments and projects, so you can learn what type of audio engineering work you enjoy most. Learn all the skills you can so you can hone your craft and start working towards your dream job.

Check Out ICB

Ready to get started? ICB’s Associate Degree program in Video Production & Audio Engineering offers you the best of both worlds—preparing you to record, edit, and produce killer video, while also teaching you to master, mix, and lay down audio tracks. To learn more, contact us or give us a call at 855-896-3733.