So you want to become a sound engineer…

Do you want to become a sound engineer? If you’re passionate about sound quality, this may be the right career for you. As a sound engineer, you’ll be responsible for ensuring that the audience enjoys the best possible audio experience. Employment opportunities are available in studios as well as at event companies. You can find sound engineer jobs on Job Mail.

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What does a sound engineer do?

The primary responsibility of a sound engineer involves setting up sound systems. They’re also required to test the equipment and make adjustments with the aim of achieving the best possible audio quality. Their duties include working together with artists and producers to plan music recordings. They adjust audio levels and monitor the sound system to ensure that the best dynamics are achieved. They play a role in mixing and sequencing music as well as sampling it. Sound engineers may be required to record different instruments onto separate tracks. Another aspect of this position involves recording information about their sessions to store as part of the establishment’s archives.

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What skills do you need to become a sound engineer?

If you want to succeed as a sound engineer, you’ll need to be able to carry out sound checks. The ability to monitor sound is also crucial for this role. Technical capabilities and communications skills are required to carry out the duties that are associated with this position. Sound engineers work with a range of equipment, which includes microphones and mixers. They also use amplifiers and software to perform their duties. Creativity will help you to stand out from the crowd and achieve success as a sound engineer. Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work under pressure are essential. As a sound engineer, you’ll have to work in a busy environment for extended periods of time. The downside of this position is that it comes with irregular hours and you’ll often work outside of business times. Computer skills are necessary for this role and you’ll also need a passion for music and sound.

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What are the career paths sound engineers can take?

Sound engineer jobs are available in studios as well as broadcasting organisations. You can also find employment working for event companies where you will be required to set up sound systems for band performance. Work opportunities are available in the corporate sector where you’ll be tasked with creating sound recordings for websites as well as for a range of media. The event industry is the primary source of vacancies for sound engineers and career opportunities include working as a recording engineer, recording technician or a live sound technician. You could also pursue a career as a remix producer or an equipment maintenance manager. ADR recordist and editing positions are also available.

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What do you have to study?

You’ll need to complete sound engineer training if you want to succeed in this career. During the training, you’ll gain the skills you need to carry out the duties that are associated with this position. Learning from experts in the field can also help you to improve your abilities. Look for opportunities to gain experience at your community drama club if you want to get ahead in your career. When it comes to training, there is a range of opportunities available. You can enrol in a learnership and obtain a national certificate in sound technology. Another option is to complete a certificate or diploma in sound technology.

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With the right training and hard work, you can launch your career as a sound engineer. Is it time for a career change? Make it happen by registering your CV on Job Mail today!

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14 Responses

  1. Zakhona says:

    I would love this career and what are requirements

    • Jani Grey says:

      Hi Zakhona,

      Different institutions will have different requirements. We’d like to suggest that you do do some research into where you would like to study then contact the universities or colleges to find out what you need to be eligible for the courses.

      Kind regards,
      The Job Mail Team

  2. Romario langeveldt says:

    Yes In am interested in becoming a sound engineer.

  3. Deon says:

    Good day!

    My name is Deon and yes I would love an opportunity like this. I have a natural talent for music i am a musician and play the guitar and drums. Have played in bands before. I feel that im the ideal candidate for this position because it’s my calling for music I’m born with a gift im artistic aswell.

    Deon Cronje

  4. Othemba says:

    I want to be a dj

  5. Vaaltyn says:

    Impressive,I have a clear indication on what to do from here-on.

  6. Xolani says:

    Hi lm Xolani. I need these opportunity. I will always available for opportunity like this.

  7. Hendrik says:

    If have tried to find work in sound engineering for 6 years. There is no clear catagory in Job mail or any other job seeker sight. I have 16 year’s experience in Cubase and other Daw and live gigs. If any one knows of an opportunity let me know

    • Jani Grey says:

      Hi Hendrik,

      We’ve passed on your message about a clear category to our team. Thank you for that, we’ll look into it.

      If you have not registered your CV on Job Mail, follow this link:

      Once you’ve registered, look for jobs that suit your skill set at and apply for them!

      Alternatively, set up a job alert to receive the latest jobs in your field via email at

      We hope you find employment soon!

  8. Nobu says:

    The realization that this has to be toughest industry ever. Just trying to search for jobs is almost impossible. Make sure your ready for this career.

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