Sound Technicians operate audio equipment to record, enhance, mix and amplify sound in support of television, radio, film or video productions, or stage performances.

Specialisations: Audio Operator, Dubbing Machine Operator, Foley Artist, Re-recording Mixer, Sound Editor, Sound Effects Person, Sound Mixer, Sound Recordist, Video and Sound Recorder.

You can work as a Sound Technician without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Sound Technicians.

Tasks

  • Sets up and adjusts equipment such as microphones, and operates sound mixing consoles and associated equipment to regulate volume and sound quality.
  • Selects and sets up television recording, editing and mixing equipment, and adjusts and monitors their operation.

All Performing Arts Technicians

  • $1,327 Weekly Pay
  • Stable Future Growth
  • Average unemployment Unemployment

Sound Technicians

  • 3,000 workers Employment Size
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • 61% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 47 hours Average full-time
  • 36 years Average age
  • 8% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Sound Technicians (in their main job) grew moderately over 5 years:
from 2,900 in 2011 to 3,000 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Sound Technicians work in many parts of Australia. New South Wales has a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Information Media and Telecommunications; Arts and Recreation Services; and Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (61%, similar to the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 47 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 36 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 8% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Information Media and Telecommunications45.8
Arts and Recreation Services15.3
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services8.1
Administrative and Support Services7.2
Other Industries23.6

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateSound TechniciansAll Jobs Average
NSW37.531.6
VIC29.825.6
QLD14.020.0
SA5.57.0
WA9.510.8
TAS1.22.0
NT0.91.0
ACT1.81.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketSound TechniciansAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-192.5-5.05.0
20-2413.9-9.39.3
25-3431.0-22.922.9
35-4421.7-22.022.0
45-5417.6-21.621.6
55-596.3-9.09.0
60-644.6-6.06.0
65 and Over2.4-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationSound TechniciansAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate4.0-10.110.1
Bachelor degree26.0-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma22.7-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV15.1-21.121.1
Year 1222.0-18.118.1
Year 114.9-4.84.8
Year 10 and below5.3-12.512.5

You can work as a Sound Technician without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Sound Technicians.

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Employers look for Performing Arts Technicians who are reliable, work well in a team and have a strong work ethic.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

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  2. Fine arts

    61% Skill level

    Compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.

  3. Customer and personal service

    60% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  4. Communications and media

    59% Skill level

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  5. Engineering and technology

    58% Skill level

    Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Face-to-face discussions

    97% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  2. Electronic mail

    95% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  3. Indoors, heat controlled

    95% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  4. Telephone

    92% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  5. Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

    92% Important

    Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 27-4014.00 - Sound Engineering Technicians.

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