Multimedia Sound Workers

Sound Engineer in Studio

Multimedia sound workers create the audio aspects of computer and video games. Their work is essential to a game's success—adding to a game's intensity and dimension and enhancing gamers' playing experiences. Ironically, though, when sound workers have done their jobs well, the sound becomes such an integral part of the video game that few players notice it as a separate, painstakingly developed game element. At the start of the video game age, the technologies available limited a game's sound to simple noises, such as a "pong" or a "beep, beep, beep." Since then sound capabilities have developed dramatically so that players can actually hear the game world they've entered through such things as surround sound, characters speaking naturally, noises in the game's environment, and full musical compositions. Sound workers also work for music publishers, film and television production companies, recording companies, dance companies, musical theater producers, and advertising agencies.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Music Licensors, Sound Effects Designers, Sound Engineers, Sound Designers
Duties Create the audio aspects of computer and video games
Salary Range $50,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities available throughout the country, but are best on the East and West Coasts
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
  • Some Postsecondary Training
School Subjects
  • Computer Science
  • Music
  • Theater/Dance
Experience Internship
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Creative
  • Technical
  • Computer
  • Digital Media
  • Performance
  • Music
  • and Acting
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Music/Audio Director, or Self Employed, or Well-Known Composer or Musician
  • Experienced Multimedia Sound Worker
  • Entry-Level Multimedia Sound Worker