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Sound technicians work with performers and technical audio equipment to amplify, enhance, record, mix or reproduce sound. They may also set up, test, operate and maintain sound equipment.

Where sound technicians are employed

Sound technicians work for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, commercial radio and television broadcasting stations, film production companies, theatre and live entertainment companies and venues, sound recording studios and public address equipment and audio reproduction businesses. Some sound technicians work on a freelance basis and may establish their own studios.

Pay

Full-time sound technicians in South Australia earn between $800 and $1,249 per week.

Graph of pay scales for Sound Technicians

Job prospects

This is a very competitive occupation and people sometimes need to travel interstate to find work. In 2011 there were 114 people employed full-time as sound technicians in South Australia compared with 159 in 2006.

How to become one

You can work as a sound technician without formal qualifications. You will probably get some informal training on the job. You may like to consider a vocational education and training qualification in technical production, sound production, music or live production, theatre and events.

You can also become a sound technician through a traineeship in live production and services, specialising in sound production.  For more information see traineeships. Ask your career adviser about starting this training in school.

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Related occupations

Audio engineer, audio operator, audio technician, audio visual technician, production crew member, sound engineer, sound operator, theatre mechanist.

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Career information has been sourced from government publications, see data sources for more information.

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