We surveyed 1,547 audio engineers to better understand the work environment and required skills of a typical audio engineer. Here are the results.

How much intelligence is required as an audio engineer?

Low

High

Working as an audio engineer typically doesn’t require the use of high levels of intelligence in daily tasks.

Can I learn to become an audio engineer?

Intrinsic Talent

Acquired Talent

A career as an audio engineer typically depends predominantly on qualities you can gain through experience, with a small aspect of skills you are born with.

Is it easy to get a job as an audio engineer?

Easy

Hard

It’s typically difficult to find a job as an audio engineer. If you’re curious about the numbers, check out the job market for audio engineers.

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Do audio engineers work full-time or part-time?

40% of audio engineers work in full-time roles while 60% work part-time.

Is being an audio engineer stressful?

Low

High

Audio engineers tend not to find their jobs stressful, which likely contributes positively to career satisfaction.

Is being organized important as an audio engineer?

Low

High

Some level of organization is generally required to be an audio engineer.

How competitive is the workplace for audio engineers?

Low

High

Audio engineers tend to see lots of competition in the workplace, with desire to get ahead of co-workers being common.

Does being an audio engineer require frequent time pressure to complete tasks?

Low

High

Time pressure tends not to be a major contributor of stress for audio engineers.

Are audio engineers allowed to express themselves creatively?

Low

High

Creativity is intrinsic to being an audio engineer, and a highly valuable part of the career.

Do audio engineers have control over the direction of their work?

Low

High

While sometimes the direction is set, occasionally audio engineers will have some flexibility over the direction of their work.

Is being an audio engineer physically demanding?

Low

High

Work as an audio engineers is not the most physically demanding of careers, falling in the bottom half of all careers.

Are audio engineers exposed to a wide variety of work?

Low

High

While sometimes repetitive, audio engineers tend to have opportunities for variety in their work.

Does being an audio engineer require attention to detail?

Low

High

Attention to detail is a vital skill for audio engineers, as small mistakes can make or break one's ability to succeed in the career.

Does being a good audio engineer require compassion and empathy?

Low

High

Being compassionate and empathetic is considered helpful to those looking to pursue careers as audio engineers.