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Audio Recording Engineers


Audio recording engineers oversee the technical end of recording. They operate the controls of the recording equipment—often under the direction of a music producer—during the production of music recordings; film, television, and radio productions; and other mediums that require sound recording. Recording engineers monitor and operate electronic and computer consoles to make necessary adjustments, and solve technical problems as they occur during a recording session. They assure that the equipment is in optimal working order and obtain any additional equipment necessary for the recording. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, in May 2016 there were approximately 134,300 broadcast and sound engineering technicians employed in the United States.

Salary Range

Below $25,000 to $100,000

Minimum Education Level

Some Postsecondary Training




About as Fast as the Average
Personality Traits


Hands On


Career Ladder
Music Producer

Audio Recording Engineer

Studio Technician

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