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Acoustics consultant Acoustician, acoustics engineer

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

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £18,000 to £50,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 40 hours per week

1. Entry requirements

You’ll usually need a degree in a relevant subject, like:

  • acoustics
  • maths
  • physics
  • engineering
If you've a degree in environmental science or music technology, you’ll need an additional qualification in acoustics to give you the skills needed by the industry.

You could start work as an assistant or trainee technician and, with further training, qualify as an engineer or consultant. 

Employers may also consider alternative qualifications or relevant work experience, like non-destructive testing.

Institute of Acoustics
(IOA) has more information about relevant degrees, postgraduate courses and professional qualifications.

2. Skills required

You’ll need:

  • a creative and practical approach to solving problems
  • the ability to explain design plans clearly
  • excellent IT skills 
  • budgeting and negotiating skills
  • project management and organisational skills

3. What you'll do

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

4. Salary

Starter: £18,000 to £25,000

Experienced: £35,000

Highly Experienced: £55,000

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You’ll work 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, or on a shift system, depending on the job. Some projects may include unsocial hours or overnight stays away from home.

Your time would be split between the office, the lab and on site.

6. Career path and progression

With experience and further training, you could gain chartered status with the IOA. You could then progress to senior acoustics engineer.

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Last updated: 07 December 2016