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Career and Education Opportunities for Sound Engineers in Nashville-Davidson, Tennessee

Sound engineer career and educational opportunities abound in Nashville-Davidson, Tennessee. There are currently 440 jobs for sound engineers in Tennessee and this is projected to grow 4% to 450 jobs by 2016. This is not quite as good as the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for sound engineers are expected to grow by about 6.3%. In general, sound engineers operate machines and equipment to record, synchronize, or reproduce music, voices, or sound effects in sporting arenas, theater productions, or movie and video productions.

Income for sound engineers is about $19 per hour or $39,610 per year on average in Tennessee. Nationally, their income is about $22 hourly or $47,490 per year. Incomes for sound engineers are better than in the overall category of Media Technical in Tennessee, and better than the overall Media Technical category nationally. People working as sound engineers can fill a number of jobs, such as: public address system installer, mixing technician, and sound effects technician.

There are five schools within twenty-five miles of Nashville-Davidson where you can study to be a sound engineer, among fifty schools of higher education total in the Nashville-Davidson area. Sound engineers usually hold a post-secondary certificate, so you can expect to spend a short time training to become a sound engineer if you already have a high school diploma.

CAREER DESCRIPTION: Sound Engineer

Sound Engineer video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, sound engineers operate machines and equipment to record, synchronize, or reproduce music, voices, or sound effects in sporting arenas, theater productions, or movie and video productions.

Sound engineers report equipment problems and insure that required repairs are made. They also assemble and adjust recording equipment for recording sessions and live performances; tear down equipment after event completion. Equally important, sound engineers have to record speech and other sounds on recording media, using recording equipment. They are often called upon to regulate volume level and sound quality during recording sessions, using control consoles. They are expected to mix and edit voices, music, and taped sound effects for live performances and for prerecorded events, using sound mixing boards. Finally, sound engineers get ready for recording sessions by performing efforts such as selecting and setting up microphones.

Every day, sound engineers are expected to be able to note differences between sounds as they change tone and volume. They need to focus on a single sound in a noisy environment. It is also important that they understand what others are saying to them even in a noisy environment.

It is important for sound engineers to talk with producers and others to establish and achieve the desired sound for a production, such as a musical recording or a film. They are often called upon to reproduce and duplicate sound recordings from original recording media, using sound editing and duplication equipment. They also synchronize and equalize prerecorded dialogue and sound effects with visual action of motion pictures or television productions, using control consoles. Somewhat less frequently, sound engineers are also expected to keep logs of recordings.

Sound engineers sometimes are asked to separate instruments and other sounds, and combine sounds later during the mixing or postproduction stage. They also have to be able to develop musical instrument digital interface programs for music projects or film postproduction and keep logs of recordings. And finally, they sometimes have to regulate volume level and sound quality during recording sessions, using control consoles.

Like many other jobs, sound engineers must be thorough and dependable and be reliable.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Nashville-Davidson include:

  • Audio Visual Technician. Set up or set up and operate audio and video equipment including microphones, sound speakers, video screens, projectors, video monitors, recording equipment, connecting wires and cables, sound and mixing boards, and related electronic equipment for concerts, sports events, meetings and conventions, presentations, and news conferences. May also set up and operate associated spotlights and other custom lighting systems.
  • Camera Operator. Operate television, video, or motion picture camera to photograph images or scenes for various purposes, such as TV broadcasts, advertising, or motion pictures.
  • Film or Videotape Editor. Edit motion picture soundtracks, film, and video.
  • Photographer. Photograph persons, subjects, or other commercial products. May develop negatives and produce finished prints.
  • Technical Director. Coordinate activities of technical departments, such as taping, editing, and maintenance, to produce radio or television programs.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Sound Engineer Training

International Academy of Design and Technology - Nashville, TN

International Academy of Design and Technology, One Bridgestone Park, Nashville, TN 37214. International Academy of Design and Technology is a small school located in Nashville, Tennessee. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs and has 709 students. International Academy of Design and Technology has an associate's degree program in Recording Arts Technology/Technician.

Middle Tennessee State University - Murfreesboro, TN

Middle Tennessee State University, 1301 East Main Street, Murfreesboro, TN 37132. Middle Tennessee State University is a large university located in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. It is a public school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 23,872 students and an admission rate of 65%. Middle Tennessee State University has a master's degree program in Recording Arts Technology/Technician which graduated nine students in 2008.

The Art Institute of Tennessee-Nashville - Nashville, TN

The Art Institute of Tennessee-Nashville, 100 Centerview Drive, Suite 250, Nashville, TN 37214-3439. The Art Institute of Tennessee-Nashville is a small school located in Nashville, Tennessee. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 499 students and an admission rate of 49%. The Art Institute of Tennessee-Nashville has an associate's degree and a bachelor's degree program in Recording Arts Technology/Technician.

SAE Institute of Technology-Nashville - Nashville, TN

SAE Institute of Technology-Nashville, 7 Music Circle N, Nashville, TN 37203. SAE Institute of Technology-Nashville is a small school located in Nashville, Tennessee. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 194 students. SAE Institute of Technology-Nashville has a one to two year program in Recording Arts Technology/Technician which graduated 157 students in 2008.

Belmont University - Nashville, TN

Belmont University, 1900 Belmont Blvd, Nashville, TN 37212-3757. Belmont University is a small university located in Nashville, Tennessee. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 5,075 students and an admission rate of 63%. Belmont University has a bachelor's degree program in Recording Arts Technology/Technician which graduated twenty-one students in 2008.

CERTIFICATIONS

Certified Technology Specialist-Installation: A Certified Technology Specialist Installation (CTS-I) installs and maintains audiovisual systems by following specifications,.

For more information, see the InfoComm International website.

Audio Systems: This certification program is for engineering technicians engaged in the layout, installation, and maintenance of audio systems for commercial, industrial, and large space applications.

For more information, see the National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies website.

Certified Broadcast Networking Technologist: This certification is designed for persons who wish to demonstrate a basic familiarity with networking hardware as utilized in business and audio/video applications in broadcast facilities.

For more information, see the Society of Broadcast Engineers, Inc. website.

Certified Broadcast Radio Engineer : The candidate for Certified Broadcast Radio Engineer must have five (5) years of suitable experience in broadcast engineering or related technology and must achieve a passing grade on the proficiency examination.

For more information, see the Society of Broadcast Engineers, Inc. website.

Certifed AM Directional Specialist: The SBE Program of Certification designed the AM Directional Specialist Certification to help evaluate an individual's ability to perform the necessary tasks to keep facilities operating properly.

For more information, see the Society of Broadcast Engineers, Inc. website.

LICENSES

POLYGRAPH EXAMINER

Licensing agency: Board of Polygraph Examiners
Address: Division of Regulatory Boards, Department of Commerce and Insurance, Davy Crockett Tower 6th Floor, 500 James Robertson Pkwy, Nashville, TN 37243-1156

Phone: (615) 741-0697
Website: Board of Polygraph Examiners Division of Regulatory Boards Department of Commerce and Insurance

POLYGRAPH EXAMINER INTERN

Licensing agency: Board of Polygraph Examiners
Address: Division of Regulatory Boards, Department of Commerce and Insurance, Davy Crockett Tower 6th Floor, 500 James Robertson Pkwy, Nashville, TN 37243-1156

Phone: (615) 741-0697
Website: Board of Polygraph Examiners Division of Regulatory Boards Department of Commerce and Insurance

LOCATION INFORMATION: Nashville-Davidson, Tennessee

Nashville-Davidson, Tennessee
Nashville-Davidson, Tennessee photo by Kaldari

Nashville-Davidson is located in Williamson County, Tennessee. It has a population of over 596,462, which has grown by 9.3% over the last ten years. The cost of living index in Nashville-Davidson, 86, is well below the national average. New single-family homes in Nashville-Davidson are priced at $196,100 on average, which is well above the state average. In 2008, 1,483 new homes were constructed in Nashville-Davidson, down from 3,070 the previous year.

The three big industries for women in Nashville-Davidson are health care, educational services, and accommodation and food services. For men, it is construction, health care, and professional, scientific, and technical services. The average travel time to work is about 23 minutes. More than 29.7% of Nashville-Davidson residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 10.0%, is higher than the state average.

The percentage of Nashville-Davidson residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 55.2%, is more than both the national and state average. The most common religious groups are the Southern Baptist Convention, the Catholic Church and the United Methodist Church.