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For those in Sound Engineering, have you found that working in that career field has been fulfilling and enriching to your life in anyway?

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Jason’s Answer

I worked as a studio recording/mix engineer for a long period of time and mostly enjoyed it, however it is not the easiest career path if you're looking for a stable income and great benefits. You must be passionate, self-driven, and have a personality that draws people to want to work with you. There are very few salaried positions available so you should expect to mostly be working as an hourly contractor, which really benefits those who are great at networking and self-promotion (in addition to being good at engineering). If you go into it because it's something that you love you can have a successful, fulfilling, and enriching career doing it. If you're going into it looking to strike it rich you will likely be disappointed.

Jason recommends the following next steps:

Study up on the specifics related to the area of audio engineering before anything else.
Reach out to a local studio to see if they are willing to take you on as an intern.
Setup a small DAW based home studio and work with friends and local musicians to gauge if it is something you might want to make into a career.
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Jerome’s Answer

It's difficult to answer your question because there are many different specialties in the field of audio engineering, and each has its own unique characteristics. Some audio engineers work in live concert sound venues; these folks get to see a lot of exciting artists and places, but they're constantly travelling and working very long hours in difficult conditions. Other audio engineers may do something like component design and testing, which involves a lot of math and science but is generally more palatable in terms of a family life. Still other audio engineers work in broadcast and production studios, which tends to combine a lot of the characteristics of the other branches.

If you're passionate about sound and willing to learn not only the "sound" part but the acoustical engineering discipline and a good amount about electronics (analog and digital) and computers, the audio engineering can be a fascinating and rewarding field.

Good luck in your endeavors!!!
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