Alternative Careers in Audio

If you’re considering a career in audio engineering, you probably already know that the outlook is good — the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that job opportunities will grow through 2026.

But you may not know about the career flexibility that comes with a degree in audio engineering. You want to be a record producer or recording engineer? Go for it. We’re just saying that there are a lot of other cool jobs to consider. Here are a few audio careers you should consider.

Forensic Audio Technician

There are perhaps a dozen TV shows right now based on forensics, or the scientific techniques used to solve crimes. Not many of them ever deal with audio forensics, even though audio careers are such a big part of law enforcement. Audio forensics may involve enhancement, or cleaning up a sound clip to make it more intelligible. There’s also audio authentication, determining if audio has been tampered with; and voice authentication, which is determining who the speaker is in a clip. Audio forensics can be really interesting work; just remember that any kind of forensics is a lot more painstaking and focused than what you see on TV.

Where can you work in audio forensics?

  • Law firms
  • Government
  • Consulting firms/agencies

Audio Archivist

Audio recording entered the mass market in the late nineteenth century, and audio continues to be an extremely popular form of communication. But we’re finding that much of the technology, however, wasn’t built for the ages. That’s why we need audio archivists, people trained in preservation and restoration. Think of all the radio programs, musical performances, and famous speeches — priceless pieces of history that need to be preserved.

Where can you work as an audio archivist?

  • Museums
  • Government
  • Arts nonprofits

Corporate Audio

The word “corporate” may not set your heart a-flutter, but this audio career offers tons of interesting, well-paying gigs. Corporations have all kinds of events that require audio technicians, like speeches, conferences, and public meetings. Most importantly, the work can be steadier than traditional work in the music industry.

Where can you work in corporate audio?

  • corporations
  • Non-profits
  • Government
  • Consulting firms

We’re just scratching the surface with the above ideas. You can also find audio positions opening up in journalism and audiobooks, in museums and churches, and in theaters. We may live in a visual age, but audio remains incredibly important. So if you’re looking for a career in audio, it’s a good idea to think outside the box — or the studio.

Did learning about alternative audio jobs interest you? The audio production and engineering program  at the Institute of Production and Recording is a degree program designed to train producer engineers who are entrepreneurs, musically and technically creative, and proficient in modern recording technology and technique. Throughout the program, students are involved in hands-on exercises and real-world studio projects that enable them to apply their knowledge and refine their skills.

Contact us today to learn more about the audio production and engineering program and starting a rewarding career in the music industry.