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I am a High School student and don't know which career i would choose. For one I know people don't take music seriously, because of the jobs. But I love Both!!

Engineering and Music sound GREAT for me, but every time I search "engineering in the music industry" it says audio engineering, for some reason I was hoping something else. What kind of engineering would it fall under if I were to use it to work in the music industry? #civil-engineering #mechanical-engineering #music-industry #music-recording #music-producer #music-composition #music-education


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Glenn S.’s Answer

Alicia that is a great question and Elizabeth makes great point. There are many ways that you can combine your passion for both. As Elizabeth says, you can combine them in your career. As I was recently looking at jobs, I saw that Fender was looking for mechanical engineers to design their products. All of the companies that make instruments or devices for audio mixing have engineers to design, manufacture, and test. Theses can be Mechanical Engineers, Electrical Engineers, Audio Acoustic Engineers, or Manufacturing Engineers. Also, there are engineers that work in music studios.


There are also many people who work with 2 passions; Engineer by day and musician by night.


I think it is great that you are exploring your options. I would reach out and talk with people in the professions that you are considering. There are pluses and minuses to everything. You are doing the right thing to consider this now and think it through. I know too many people who hate their career choice and feel trapped financially, so they are just unhappy. Personally, I think you need to find a way to combine your passions or to work at one and play at the other.

Glenn S. recommends the following next steps:

Talk with counselors, parents, parents of friends and get introductions to people in the career paths you are considers
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Prepare questions and take notes. What is their daily life is like at work? What are the positives and negatives of their career? If they did it all over again, what would they have done differently?
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You need to decide what is right for you. Not if what they did was right for them.
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Elizabeth’s Answer

Hi! What about acoustical engineering? There is a need for that. Here is a link to help you learn more about what it is. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acoustical_engineering

I wish you all the best in whatever you pursue!

Elizabeth recommends the following next steps:

Read the full article on the link I provided above
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If you like what you read, research it more and find out where you could go to school for it
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Write to someone who is already doing it and ask lots of questions
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