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Career Of The Week

29 October 2018 (by Louise Halford (lhalford))


What the job entails:

Acousticians are experts in sound, noise, and vibration. Sound is what we hear and noise is unwanted sound. Acousticians use special equipment to help them measure sound and noise. Acousticians use their knowledge in many areas of work. Some specialise in buildings. They help architects to design places like concert halls, theatres and cinemas. They come up with ways to make sure the sound is clear. They give advice on how to soundproof the building to reduce noise from outside. They also use their skills in helping to design other kinds of buildings.

Routes and choices while at school:

You will need a high level of education to become an acoustician. Most acousticians have a degree in physics, engineering or a related subject. You will need to do A-levels or equivalent qualifications to get a place on a university course. The first thing to do is to get at least five GCSEs at grades 4 or C or better, or equivalent qualifications. These should include English, maths and science. is likely that you will have to study one or more science subjects at A-level or equivalent. Bear this in mind when you choose your GCSE options.


Pay when starting is about £20,000 to £22,000 per year. When experienced, it is about £28,000 to £35,000. For experts with a lot of experience, pay can rise to £52,000 or more.

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