Careers in Electronic Production and Design
Below are some of the many careers an electronic production and design major can pursue.
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ADR Engineer, ADR Mixer
Automated dialogue replacement (ADR) recordists are recording engineers working in and around the film industry who specialize in re-recording dialogue in a studio setting.
Assistant Recording Engineer, Second Engineer, Tape Op
The assistant engineer supports the lead recording engineer in all studio-related activities, from answering phones and coiling cables to tweaking outboard gear and prepping rough mixes.
Lead Audio Developer, Lead Sound Designer, Audio Lead
The audio director plans, supervises, and assists in the creation and implementation of all game audio.
Technical Sound Designer, Audio Implementer
An audio programmer is a coder and sound engineer who implements audio assets into a video game engine or similar interactive media project.
Chief Engineer (Higher Level), Assistant B.E. (Lower Level)
Broadcast engineers are responsible for the strength, clarity, and overall quality of sounds and images broadcast on radio and television, and—increasingly—sound and image transmitted via satellite, cable, and the internet.
Film Composer, Film Scorer
Film composers create the musical scores that accompany movies.
Software Engineer, Programmer, Coder
Developers are involved in designing, creating, and/or maintaining music-related technology, such as music software, mobile apps, music streaming services, and websites for artists, labels, blogs, and magazines.
Digital product designers craft the aesthetic style and user experience of software and web products.
Club DJ, Deejay, Producer
DJs are skilled musical manipulators who use great ears, the latest software, and a spot-on feel for musical tastes and trends to build rousing dance sets for live audiences and create altered versions of tracks by other artists.
Using an arsenal of props, foley artists devise and record the everyday sounds heard in films, television shows, and video games—noises like footsteps, a sword being drawn from a sheath, or the swishing of clothing as two people walk past each other.
Music Library Composer, Custom Music Composer, Advertising Music Composer, Production Music Writer, General Business Composer
Writing for a wide variety of clients—including businesses, event production companies, software and hardware developers, nonprofits, films and TV shows, and music libraries—freelance composers create music not for the stage but for use in the world around them.
Instrument Restoration Specialist
Instrument repair technicians repair and restore musical instruments that are broken, neglected, or have otherwise fallen into disrepair.
Interactive Media Designer, Mixed-Media Specialist
Interactive media specialists are a new breed of professional, using a mix of content creation, software design, programming, and marketing skills to create engaging apps, websites, and web-based multimedia applications, as well as immersive AR and VR experiences.
Lighting designers devise and often manage the lighting for plays, musicals, operas, concerts, tours, television and movie sets, and art installations, to name just a few.
Electrical Lighting Technician (ELT), Lighting Tech, Electrician, Dimmer Technician
Lighting technicians are members of the lighting crew who set up, rig, program, monitor, repair, and operate lighting equipment to enhance events and performances.
Live Show Designer, Tour Designer
Live experience designers take a holistic approach to creating a live show's visual aesthetic, providing a unifying vision for technical elements including lighting, sets, costumes, props, and projections.
Live Audio Engineer, Front of House (FOH) Engineer, Monitor Mix Engineer
Live sound mix engineers are responsible for controlling the volume, balance, and EQ of a live performance from a mixing console.
Sound Reinforcement Engineer, Concert Audio Tech
Live sound systems engineers are responsible for installing, optimizing, maintaining, and breaking down the sound systems used in live performances.
Mastering engineers use technical expertise and superb ears to make the final adjustments to a piece of recorded music before it's released, heightening its impact and ensuring that it will translate well to the variety of playback systems in use today.
Film Music Editor
Music editors are responsible for editing and syncing the music used in films and television with the action unfolding on screen, along with a number of other important duties.
Music video directors oversee the production of music videos—short films that combine a song with visual imagery—from initial conception to final editing.
Product Director, Product Specialist
Product managers oversee the development of products related to music and sound creation—software, hardware, instruments, services, apps, and more—through their life cycle.
Location Sound Mixer, Location/Production Sound Recordist, Location/Production Sound Engineer
The production sound mixer is the leader of the production sound crew, responsible for recording high-quality audio on set and on location for film and television productions.
DJ, Disc Jockey, Radio Host, Radio Announcer
Radio DJs play music, interact with listeners, interview artists, discuss current events, and more on broadcast, satellite, and internet radio stations.
Mixer, Sound Mixer, Sound Effects Mixer, Foley Mixer, Dialogue Mixer
Re-recording mixers are postproduction audio engineers who combine separate audio elements—such as background, dialogue, and sound effects—to create the final audio track for a movie, television show, or advertisement.
Audio Engineer, Studio Engineer
The recording engineer oversees many technical and aesthetic aspects of a recording session and is responsible for the overall sound of all recorded tracks, ensuring that the mixing engineer has good material to work with and that the final product satisfies the artists and producers.
Audio Developer, Audio Designer, Sound Developer, Video Game Audio Engineer, Sound Effect Designer
Sound designers collect, edit, and create sound effects, ambient effects, and even music for video games, applications, or any other form of interactive media.
Theatrical sound designers are responsible for everything an audience hears during a theatrical production, from sound effects to the actors' voices.
Effects Editor, SFX Editor
Sound effects editors are responsible for finding, manufacturing, recording, and editing the sound effects in films and television shows.
Stage managers work primarily on theatrical productions, musical concerts, and dance performances. They provide indispensable practical and organizational support to directors, performers, designers, and technical crew throughout the production and rehearsal process, and supervise onstage and backstage activity during performances to make sure the show goes off without a hitch.
Drawing on a deep knowledge base that spans acoustics, aesthetics, architecture, and the recording process, studio designers design and build recording studios.
Staff Maintenance Engineer, Audio Maintenance Engineer
Whether working steadily while the studio sleeps or making quick repairs in a moment of crisis, studio maintenance engineers are unsung heroes who keep recording studios' electronics, instruments, and other hardware in good condition.
Studio managers oversee the daily operations at a recording studio. Their duties run the gamut from studio and gear maintenance to business operations and customer relations.
Studio owners create or purchase a recording studio, hire the core staff, secure initial clients, and oversee the studio's growth.
Sound Editor, Sound Designer
Supervising sound editors are responsible for the finished sound in movies and television shows. The process involves selecting, polishing, and assembling three primary elements—recorded dialogue, sound effects, and music—into a complete, integrated soundtrack.
Sound Designer, Synthesist, Music Programmer, Synthesizer Technician
Synth programmers are expert technical sound designers who are hired by clients including composers, producers, performers, and recording artists to create unique sound effects and modules, repair and maintain older synth models, or play synthesizer on tour or in the studio.
Technology trainers and specialists work with colleagues and clients to help them become proficient using music or sound technology products, and demonstrate the capabilities of these products at industry events.