Working in the field of music
Audio/Video Equipment Technician: $12.58-$40.42/hour
Sound Engineering Technician: $13.49-$55.18/hour
There are many opportunities for the trained recording arts professional in the fields of producing, sound reinforcement, independent audio engineering, mastering, video game creation, film and television sound, radio broadcast, forensic audio, hardware and software development, equipment maintenance and repair, bio-acoustic research, theatre sound, and many more.
It is extremely important to recognize that the industry has undergone a major paradigm shift in recent years. "Studio jobs" continue to exist, but due to the reduction in the need for large numbers of major studios, they are extremely scarce. The current model calls for entrepreneurs and independent contractors, trained to operate in a more "freelance" environment.
Digital technology and distribution via the Internet has shifted emphasis away from large record labels to independents who handle their own content and distribution, primarily by download.