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ERIC Number: ED359404
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Pages: 173
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A Survey of the Professional Audio Industry in an Eight State Region To Assess Employers' Perceived Value of Formal Audio Education and Their Perceived Training Needs for Entry-Level Employees.
Lightner, John W.
A community college conducted a study to determine how employers perceived formal education for audio professionals--both baccalaureate and associate degrees from community colleges, employers' training needs, how they judged entry-level employees' qualifications, and the availability of internships and entry-level employment. The study surveyed 564 audio professionals in an 8-state region, with 154 (27 percent) responses. The survey found that most employers (recording studios) were very small (three or fewer full-time employees with about the same number of part-time and contract employees). A predominant finding is that industry practitioners want the schools to form attitudes as well as technical skills. Respondents cited the need for "people skills" above technical skills; thinking skills were also requested. Most wanted applicants to have a bachelor's degree or at least 2 years experience past a two-year degree. Employers also tended to emphasize the traditional studio gear, indicating that these smaller studios have not been able to upgrade to the technological advances in the industry. The outlook for entry-level jobs was not good, and employers also did not like to use interns. Four conclusions were reached: the community college needs to do public relations work within the audio community to raise the perception of the abilities of students with two-year degrees; attitudes should be taught in a formal setting; internship opportunities should be pursued by the college; and follow-up research of the college's graduates should be undertaken. (Nineteen appendixes contain the questionnaire, cover letter, explanations for the study, and detailed analysis of responses to questions. A bibliography lists 29 references; 29 tables are included in the report.) (KC)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses
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Language: English
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