Acoustics Consultant

Job Description:

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

Job Category:
Culture, Media & Sport

What you will do:

Your day to day tasks will depend on the type of acoustics you work in. For example you could:

  • carry out noise assessments on buildings to make
  • sure they meet building regulations
  • check noise levels are within legal limits
  • test how changes to a building’s design affects sound levels and quality
  • use computers to find ways of reducing machinery noise and vibration in the workplace
  • give specialist advice in legal cases
  • explore how sound vibrations affect machinery and structures
  • design and work with recording studio and
  • broadcast sound equipment
  • design medical equipment, like ultrasound, to help doctors diagnose and treat patients
  • produce reports, share your findings and make recommendations for action


You’ll need:

  • knowledge of media production and communication
  • knowledge of computer operating systems, hardware and software
  • knowledge of engineering science and technology
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently

As well as:

  • the ability to work well with others (teamwork skills)
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • to be flexible and open to change (adaptability skills)
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • customer service skills
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Entry Requirements:

To become an Acoustics Consultant, specific (or equivalent) subjects are not typically required. However, a strong educational foundation in certain subjects can be beneficial for developing the skills and knowledge necessary for this profession. Acoustics Consultants specialise in the study of sound and its management in various environments.

While specific subjects are not mandatory, here are some subjects and skills that can be helpful:

  1. Physics: Understanding the principles of sound, waves, and vibrations is essential for acoustics consultants. Physics provides the foundational knowledge necessary for this field.
  2. Mathematics: Strong mathematical skills are crucial for conducting acoustic measurements, analyzing data, and solving complex acoustic problems.
  3. Design and Technology: Courses related to design and technology can provide valuable hands-on experience with equipment and tools used in acoustic testing and measurement.
  4. English Language: Effective communication skills, including written and verbal communication, are important for documenting findings, preparing reports, and interacting with clients.
  5. Environmental Science (optional): Environmental science courses can provide insights into the impact of sound on the environment and the management of noise pollution.
  6. ICT (Information and Communication Technology): Proficiency in using computer software for data analysis, simulations, and modeling is valuable in modern acoustics consulting.
  7. Geography (optional): Geography courses can be relevant for understanding the geographic and environmental factors that affect sound propagation.

Post School

You can get into this job through:

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

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.

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

You may be able to start work as an assistant or trainee technician and, with further training, qualify as an engineer or consultant. Employers may also consider relevant work experience like non-destructive testing, if you do not have academic qualifications.

Working Hours and Environment:

Typically you could work 39 to 41 hours a week, occasionally including evenings or weekends.

You could work in an office, at a client’s business or in a laboratory.

You may need to wear protective clothing.

Career Path & 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.