To understand how audio recording and production (ARP) programs meet the needs of the audio industry, the New Hires Survey (NHS) study asked new hires to articulate the skills they have acquired, to rate their proficiency and to indicate where they learned them. New hires were between the ages of 21 and 30, and attended 3- and 4-year professional schools or 4-year music colleges for their formal ARP training. They were employed as live sound/recording engineers at medium to large businesses located in different geographic regions of the U.S. While they learned basic technical skills during formal ARP training, they learned social and communication skills by themselves or on the job. New hires requested a greater emphasis on career critical areas of the live sound and music business. Further curriculum design and research is recommended to understand industry needs, identify best practices for the acquisition of skills, and to determine how educational institutions can keep pace with the ever-changing audio industry. Meeting the needs of the audio industry is imperative for the success of these programs and their graduates.
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