Acoustics consultant

Alternative titles for this job include Acoustician, acoustics engineer

Acoustics consultants help manage and control noise and vibrations in homes, workplaces and other environments.

Average salary (a year)

£18,000 Starter

to

£50,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

39 to 41 variable

You could work

evenings / weekends away from home

How to become an Acoustics consultant

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • working towards this role

University

Most employers expect you to have a degree-level qualification. Relevant subjects include:

  • acoustics
  • maths
  • physics
  • engineering

Although it's possible to start with degrees in music technology or environmental science, you'll usually have to take a further course to acquire the skills needed by the acoustic industry. This might be an MSc in Acoustics or the Institute of Acoustics' Diploma in Acoustics and Noise Control.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), including English, maths and a science
  • 2 or 3 A levels, including maths and physics

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Work

You may be able to start work as an assistant or trainee technician and, with further training, qualify as an engineer or consultant.

You'll normally need at least 4 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), including two science subjects, English and maths, or equivalent qualifications.

Employers may consider alternative qualifications or relevant work experience, such as non-destructive testing, if you do not have academic qualifications.

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Professional and industry bodies

With experience and further training, you could gain chartered status with the Institute of Acoustics.

Further information

You can find out more about becoming an acoustics consultant from the Institute of Acoustics.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • knowledge of computer operating systems, hardware and software
  • the ability to work well with others
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • persistence and determination
  • customer service skills
  • knowledge of media production and communication
  • Being able to use a computer terminal or hand-held device may be beneficial for this job.

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day duties could include:

  • carrying out noise assessments on buildings to make sure they meet building regulations
  • checking noise levels are within legal limits
  • testing how changes to a building’s design affects sound levels and quality
  • using computers to find ways of reducing machinery noise and vibration in the workplace
  • giving specialist advice in legal cases
  • exploring how sound vibrations affect machinery and structures
  • designing and working with recording studio and broadcast sound equipment
  • designing medical equipment, like ultrasound, to help doctors diagnose and treat patients
  • producing reports, sharing your findings and making recommendations for action

Working environment

You could work in an office, at a client's business or in a laboratory.

You may need to wear protective clothing.

Career path and progression

Training opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

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Courses In England

Engineering (Mechanical) - BEng Hons Degree

  • Provider: BLACKPOOL AND THE FYLDE COLLEGE
  • Start date: 10 September 2019
  • Location: Blackpool

BSc (Hons) Top-Up Degree in Mechanical Engineering (Oxford Brookes)

  • Provider: Solihull College & University Centre
  • Start date: 01 September 2019
  • Location: Smith's Wood

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