Career Paths

Keen on Producing Sound? Here Are All Your Options

words by Year13 | photo by @christinamca

Loads of us dream about making music and producing sound. Plenty of people do it as a hobby, so the prospect of turning it into a career is naturally a pretty alluring one. But, like with all creative careers, many are worried they won’t be able to get a stable job working in the music industry. And with things like lockout laws and poor funding for the arts, making a living in the Australian music scene can seem a little out of reach.

Well, we think this is kinda BS and a bit of an excuse people try to hide behind, particularly because there’s a lot of other ways you can get into music and sound beyond just the music industry. The creative industries are also set to grow immensely over the next few years, because human creativity is something that–luckily–automation can’t touch yet.

Making sound is important in a bunch of fields like film, theatre, broadcast media, live art, video games, and apps. Even fields like advertising, healthcare, architecture, and forensics are getting in on the action.

Film & TV

As a film recordist, you could be capturing the sound during filming on set and on location, or you could work in sound mixing and editing in the post-production stage. If movies and television are another one of your passions, finding weird and wacky ways to create sound-effects could be right up your alley.

Events and Theatre

Sound engineers are responsible for all the audio elements in a live show. In this kind of role, you can be involved in music gigs and concerts, theatre shows and plays, functions and events, or even live art installations.

Broadcast Media

Sound is obviously incredibly important when it comes to radio broadcasting, and as a radio producer you would be in charge of ensuring the quality of sound, the use of sound effects and audio clips, and potentially even picking the tunes.

Games and Apps

In video games and apps, you could be creating sound effects and designing the music that’s needed to suck the player in. If you’re keen on getting real cutting-edge, you could also work in virtual reality where sound is vital in order to make the player feel like they’re truly immersed in a situation.

Acoustics

Audio engineering is also important to businesses outside of creative fields because of sound acoustics. You could be a consultant helping companies create spaces that are optimised for their sound function, which means music venues can pump the bass loud and long conversations can be had at your favourite cozy bar.

Health

If you want to use your skills for good, audio engineering graduates can also work as audiologists. These guys are responsible for assessing and rehabilitating hearing loss, as well as developing the technology for hearing aids.

The unexpected

There’s a couple of unexpected career options for sound and audio engineers too. You could try your hand in forensics analysing and enhancing audio clips for the police or get into military intelligence, working with radar and sonar for effective tracking.

The point is, there are loads of different jobs out there for people who study sound. The variety means you can work on vastly different projects throughout the course of your career and–if you’re open to the opportunities–can always have a new gig in the pipeline.

If you’re keen to get started, suss out JMC Academy’s degree in Audio Engineering & Sound Production. These guys are nailing it in the creative industries and always make sure their students come away with heaps of practical experience and industry connections, which will help heaps when it comes to getting into a career. You can check out more info right over here.