An audio engineer works on the recording, manipulation using equalization and electronic effects, mixing, reproduction, and reinforcement of sound. Audio engineers work on the technical aspect of recording—the placing of microphones, pre-amp knobs, the setting of levels. They would operate and set up the recording equipment used to capture and shape the sound of an album.
The an audio engineer or a recording engineer can be salaried or work on a project-to-project basis, depending on if they’re employed by a bigger studio or work out of their home studio. There are many factors that go into how much they may get paid, but the average salary is less than $46,750 a year.
"Logic", a famous/semi-famous audio engineer and rapper
"Time management skills are important. Bent says, “technology is there to serve the art and not the other way around. Time is money. If you want to do this for a living, you have to do this in a timely fashion. You have to commit to a vocal. You have to commit to a take.” She adds, “The Producer and the musicians will be speaking in emotional terms,” and a successful Engineer will “have to be able to interpret technically what they’re expressing to get an emotional response.” Also, “You want to have a signature sound for that artist. When you hear a Black Keys song, you know immediately by the sound of the guitar
The job demand is predicted to rise by 24% from 2014-2024. To obtain this career, you usually start off with an internship and they decide if they want you or not. There isn't much education needed, but you do have to take plenty of training to become a professional.
These engineers are sure to make some impact on the future, seeing as music is seen, heard, and talked about all over the world.