$80k Average salary for Sound Engineering Technicians in DC
With a vibrant music scene and plentiful internship opportunities, Washington is an ideal location for launching an audio tech career. Six months after graduation, 97% of Audio Tech MA graduates polled were working, in grad school, or both. Nationally, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a continued 8% average annual growth rate for Broadcast and Sound Engineering Technicians.
Recent alums have landed positions with
- NPR & WAMU
- Sirius XM
- Capitol Studios
- The Cutting Room Studios
- National Science Foundation
- US Customs and Border Protection
- Brookings Institution
- The Walt Disney Company
- Waveguide LLC
- The Voice
- Vox Media
Selected Student Profiles
Adam Horin came to AU with a degree in Neurobiology & Physiology from Purdue, along with a lifelong passion for music. He had previously worked in biomedical research labs at the National Institutes of Health and Purdue, and has authored two professional publications as well as presented posters on his research at conferences around the country. But he never lost the creative spark for writing his own songs, and decided to pursue a degree with ATEC to learn about music production in an academic setting.
In this academic setting, Horin has been able to continue pursuing his interest in biomedical research while also learning about the technical skills of producing his own music. On top of his ATEC courses he has also been able to integrate psychology courses into the degree as his electives and has had an internship doing research on singing therapy in Parkinson's disease at Wash U School of Medicine in St. Louis. His Master's capstone project investigates the principles of rhythm processing and its applications for rhythm discrimination tasks used to assess neurological deficits. ATEC has provided him with a skill set in audio engineering that he has been able to carry over into his research endeavors. After completing his Master's, Horin plans on pursuing a doctoral degree to continue doing research that incorporates his passions for music and science. "I've found this niche that really blends both those passions together for me in a way that I didn't even imagine until I was doing my Master's," reflects Horin.
James Reber has come full circle since completing his Master's in Audio Technology at AU. What began as a quest to understand sound itself as an young man has morphed into a career allowing others to learn as he did. Reber's class at AU emphasizes studio techniques for aspiring undergrads to learn from a professional in the field.
When not teaching at AU, Reber found his calling as a broadcast engineer for the BBC at the Washington, DC. bureau. His education allowed him access to a job where he works to maintain the technical infrastructure of the BBC's operation in DC as well as assisting with news programs taped on site. His career has allowed him to harness the innovative techniques he learned at AU to help deliver the news to waiting ears.
Gaston Reboredo does not worry too much about being in the background as a sound engineer. Instead he focuses on the important role he has at WAMU FM radio, manning the mixing console for NPR's All Things Considered. Reboredo considers the work he does part of the process of creating a work of art within the audio mix itself.
Before he created sonic landscapes for NPR, Reboredo received a Bachelor's in Audio Production from AU's ATEC program. His time in the program offered him great opportunities, such as an internship with his eventual employer, and access to knowledge and equipment that is usually reserved for professionals. He remains active in the Audio Engineering Society that he first joined as a student at AU.
Alumni in the Field
Selected post-graduation career paths:
- Laurie Adlington, Studio Manager for Sam Jones Pictures; recent clients include Hugh Jackman and Robert Downey, Jr.
- Will Fortune, Audio Engineer at Georgetown Post in Washington, DC; worked on ads for the Obama campaign in the 2012 presidential election
- Tom Gardner, Chief Engineer and Studio Manager at The Cutting Room Studios in New York City
- Ira Grylack, Audio Engineer, Capitol Studios
- Saman Hajighasem, Audio Engineer at IMG Media
- Eric Kenehan, Digital Content Editor at the hit television show, The Voice
- Nick Krill, lead singer of the Spinto Band and owner/operator of the Garden Center Studios in Wilmington, Delaware
- Max Lauer-Bader, Director of Product Support at Korg
- Shane Lewis, Audio Engineer, DC Radio
- Shannon Lynch, Associate Producer for POTUS Channel at Sirius XM
- James Reber, Broadcast Engineer at BBC
- Norm Robinson, Post-production Audio Engineer at Silver Spring Studios
- Andros Rodriguez, freelance audio engineer in New York; past projects with Shakira, Christina Aguilera, Justin Timberlake, Ludacris, !!!, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Jewel, Whitney Houson, Madonna, Florence and the Machine, and Jamie Foxx
- Joe Sigmund, Agent at the William Morris Talent Agency in Los Angeles, CA