Helpful tips to prepare for graduate study in Music:

7 free resources for audio engineering


Consider these types of employers/industries:

  • Film/TV studios/sets
  • Concert Halls
  • Theaters
  • Sound Recording studios
  • Government (sound proofing of rooms, audio of planes/helicopters, etc)
  • Audio equipment developers/designers
  • Contact local sound recording studios for internship possibilities
  • Check with the schools (both UNH and local grade schools) theater department for opportunities
  • Your first position will be very far from the top, don’t get discouraged.
  • Employers will be looking for someone who can do the simple tasks efficiently and well, as well as has the potential to move up.
  • Dress the part (Keep in mind your interests and where you would like to work, ie; rock vs classical)

  • Include any use/knowledge of specific equipment
  • Include areas of expertise (Audio Product Design, Microphone Technologies, etc)
  • Include key skills (Mixing of taped and live programming, proficient in mixing audio for video, etc)
  • May include Core Competencies (knowledge of the concepts and techniques of audio engineering, knowledge of operating and maintaining audio equipment, microphones and amplifiers, etc)

  • Expect technical questions about equipment, etc
  • Use the STAR technique to answer questions (Situation, Task, Action, Result)
  • Connect the job requirements to the examples you give
  • Why do you think you would do well as an audio engineer?
  • What qualifications have you attained that relate to Audio Engineering?
  • What are the top three skills and duties and Audio Engineer should have?
  • Have background knowledge on the company and clients/projects the company has worked with.
  • What areas of sound engineering would you like to improve upon?
  • What separates a good sound engineer from a bad one? What qualities are required to become a good sound engineer?

Career Resources for Music and Sound Recording Majors:

Music and Sound Recording Degree Types:

Sound Recording Technology MM

Audio Technology MS

Music Technology MM

Recording Arts MA

Music Recording Technology and Audio Design MS

Music Production, Technology and Innovation MM

Audio Engineering MS

Career Paths:

  • Master’s Degree: 
    • Audio Visual Collection Specialist
    • Audio Forensics Specialist
    • Producer
    • Production Assistant
    • Studio Manager/Owner
    • Sound Technician
    • Acoustic Consultant
    • Recording Equipment Manufacturer
    • Professional Sound Engineer
    • Live Sound Engineer
  • PhD:
    • Professor

Audio Engineer (Sound Technician,etc.)

Median Salary:$58,670

Outlook: +9% (average)

Broadcast and Sound Engineering Technicians (Audio Recording, Audio Engineer, Audio-Visual Production Specialist, Broadcast Maintenance,etc.)

Median Salary:$41,200

Outlook: +9% (average)

Technical Writer (Song, Music writer)

Median Salary:$70,290

Outlook: +15% (faster than average)

Music Directors and Composers (Music Adapter, Music Arranger, Music Conductor, Music Director, etc)

Median Salary:$47,350

Outlook:+5% (slower than average)