How to become a TV or film sound technician
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- working towards this role
- applying directly
- specialist training courses
You could do a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in:
- sound engineering
- music technology
- media technology
- electrical or electronic engineering
You'll usually need:
- 1 or 2 A levels, or equivalent, for a foundation degree or higher national diploma
- 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
You could take a college course to develop your knowledge and skills before looking for a job. Courses include:
- Level 2 Certificate in Music Technology
- Level 3 Extended Certificate in Sound Engineering
- Level 3 Extended Diploma in Creative Digital Media Production
- T Level in Media, Broadcast and Production
You may need:
- 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths for a T level
You could get into this job through an advanced apprenticeship that covers sound engineering skills. Apprenticeships include:
- creative venue technician
- broadcast and media systems technical operator
You'll usually need:
- 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
It's possible to start out as a roadie, loading and unloading sound equipment, and setting it up. You may then be able to learn some of the skills you need from experienced sound technicians.
You could look for work experience placements with larger broadcasters like the BBC, ITV and Channel 4.
You could also get experience by:
- working on student or community film or radio projects
- setting up or 'rigging' sound equipment for amateur theatre or local bands
- helping out in a recording studio
These are good ways to make contacts, learn new skills and to hear about job opportunities.
You could apply directly for jobs but employers will expect you to have a lot of knowledge and experience in sound technology and equipment, and the science of sound.
You could complete a training course with a specialist course provider.
You can get more advice about careers and training in sound for TV and film from ScreenSkills and the BBC.
You can find out more about creative careers from Discover Creative Careers.