How to become a Sound Technician

Sound technicians operate technical equipment to amplify, enhance, record, mix or reproduce sound in support of performing arts. They may also assemble and maintain sound equipment. Sound technicians may work in radio, television and recording studios, or in theatres and other live performance venues. They may also work in wholesale and retail businesses trading in sound reproduction, recording and public address (PA) equipment. In some cases, they specialise in operating or maintaining sound equipment.

Personal requirements of a Sound Technician

  • A good ear for detail in all areas of sound
  • Aptitude for working with computers and audio equipment
  • Flexible attitude toward working hours and conditions
  • Able to work under pressure

Education & Training for a Sound Technician

You can work as a sound technician without formal qualifications. You will probably get some informal training on the job. Entry to this occupation may be improved if you have qualifications and you may like to consider a VET qualification. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information. You can also become a sound technician through a traineeship. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10. For further details, visit www.gooduniversitiesguide.com.au.

Avg. weekly wage:

$982

Future growth:

strong growth

Employment by state:

ACT 1.5%

NSW 32.2%

NT 0.3%

QLD 14.5%

SA 4.4%

TAS 0.2%

VIC 34.9%

WA 11.9%

Hours worked:

40.3

Unemployment:

average

Gender split:

Male 74.6%

Female 25.4%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 0%

Not completed Year 12: 0%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 23.8%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 7.9%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 43.7%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 24.6%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 0%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 53.7%

Above 35 years: 47.3%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.




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