Acoustics consultant

Acoustician, acoustics engineer

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

Salary Range: £18,000 to £650,000

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How to become an acoustics consultant

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
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University

Most employers will expect you to have a degree in:

  • acoustics
  • maths
  • physics
  • engineering

You could also do a degree in music technology or environmental science then take further training, like the Diploma in Acoustics and Noise Control, offered by the Institute of Acoustics.

Entry requirements

You’ll usually need:

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

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Apprenticeship

You could start by doing an acoustics technician higher apprenticeship, then take further training to become an engineering consultant.

Entry requirements

You’ll usually need:

  • 2 or more A levels, or equivalent, including maths and science, for a higher or degree apprenticeship

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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. A levels or equivalent, like applied science, may be acceptable. Employers may also consider relevant work experience like non-destructive testing, if you do not have academic qualifications.

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Further information

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

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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
  • knowledge of engineering science and technology
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • customer service skills
  • knowledge of media production and communication
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently
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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.

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Career path and progression

You could become a project leader, managing the design and development of new products. You might also specialise in a particular area, for example architectural, medical or underwater acoustics technology.

With experience, you could become a senior acoustics engineering consultant and register for chartered status through the Institute of Acoustics.

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