Description: Audio engineers specialize in the use of machinery and equipment for the use of recording, mixing, and manipulating sound.
Knowledge Required: General knowledge of computers and other related electronics. Knowledge of fine art, physics, engineering and technology is helpful.
Skills: Audio engineers train their ears to sound, and are good listeners, critical thinkers, and problem solvers.
Career Path: Audio engineers usually complete a year-long vocational program, followed by formal on-the-job training in studios or recording facilities.
Best Cities for this job: Large metropolitan areas with a concentration of entertainment such as LA, Seattle, San Francisco, and San Diego.
Median Annual Income: National: $47,080 CA: $53,030
Future Growth: The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts an average increase of 8 percent for audio engineers.
From the field: "It's the people I work with. It's just satisfying. When you're around artistic, creative, energetic people, it's infectious." - Kevin Weber, Audio Engineer, Spliggity FidgeView more Day in the Life videos »