One of the frequently asked question by our students and those who are planning to get an admission for our diploma course is the job opportunity for sound engineers in Gulf countries.
Every now and then there are job openings for Audio Engineers in Middle east countries in sectors like TV Channels, FM Radios, Live Sound Reinforcement Companies, Hotels, Malls, Educational Institutions, Amusement and Water Theme Parks, Concert Centers etc.
Even though relentless drive is going on in countries like Saudi Arabia and Kuwait for the mandatory recruitment of locals is private sector many people from India still aspire to get job in a gulf country and sound engineers are not quite different.
The fact is that technical knowledge of an individual is valued around the world and companies in gulf countries are always on the look out for technical hands to fill various job positions related to Sound Engineering. Just like every other developed / developing economies career doors are always left open for those who are skilled and those who can adapt to new technologies with a greater pace.
Sound Engineers / AV Technicians are in high demand in Gulf Countries and those who are experienced are having a higher competitive edge than others.
About 25% of students who have already passed out of the academy is working as Sound Engineers or AV Technicians in various firms in Middle East, especially in countries like UAE, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman.
Before writing this article we had gone through several job portals, talked with some local job consultancies who recruits sound engineers to gulf countries and with SEA Alumnis working there to ascertain the job situation in gulf.
According to SEA Alumni like Joy DG, Tony, Sudheesh Bare, Aby Eugin and Anju (First Professional Female Live Sound Engineer of India) has pointed out that it is better to gain some experience in India before flying to Gulf Countries and the experience which is being gained from working in Indian conditions has proved to be effective in handling adverse job situations abroad.
Moreover as internet has emerged not only as a faster, easier and more effective way to source top talent we have gone through websites like trovit.ae, indeed.ae, naukrigulf.com, careerjet.ae, jobs.laimoon.com, bayt.com, 1dubaijobs.com to find the latest job opportunities available for audio engineers in the region and found that :
According to information from various websites and job consultancies, Sound Engineers are being recruited across the gulf for various positions like Audio Visual Technician, Specialist Technician Audio Visual, IT/AV Technician, Audio Sales, Pre-Sales Engineer Audio-Visual Security and IT, Audio Visual Support Engineer, Customer Support Technician Audio and Video, Audio Visual Supervisor.
Now a days companies are demanding for skills which are mentioned below other than their knowledge in Sound Engineering,
Quick Fact : About 60% of Live Sound Reinforcement Companies in Gulf Countries are either owned by Indians are fully controlled by employees from India making the situation favorable for more Indian sound engineers to get a job in these firms.
Tips on Finding an Audio Engineering Job in Gulf Countries
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