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Old 06-06-2012, 03:49 PM   #1
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I took an aptitude test and scored very high on hearing sensitivity. It's the ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness. The career counselor said that I should go into a career where I can use my hearing aptitude. She suggested I look into careers like automotive technician, piano tuner, and cook (apparently hearing sensitivity is related to the sensory receptors for eyesight, taste and smell.) My question is, which tradesman (plumber,hvac,etc) uses hearing the most?


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All of them when the boss is yelling at you to hurry up,remember the heat is in the tools.

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Any of the mechanical trades--hvac for instance--

Even cabinetry--the machines talk and tell you when the settings have changed--the feed rate is wrong--wood is binding---

Do you have natural mechanical talent?
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I think studying acoustics to some degree seems natural for you. You could probably carve out a nice niche, once you develop other skills with tools and so forth, in trade work having to do with noise abatement, noise cancelling, acoustic design and installation (concert halls, recital rooms, etc.) and even home, business and museum theater component installation. Of course working with sound system installations in homes, boats, planes and so forth could work. A friend in Seattle does very well at this.

There is some glamour but not a lot of money in doing audio studio work. Or how about sound system work for live theater. Another friend does lighting work on Broadway and does extremely well. I suspect the audio folk to well too. They are all union.

There are many military, forensic and law enforcement career paths where a gift like yours would be a real asset.

Be careful with your hearing or you may find yourself losing the gift in a hurry. Watch exposure to high decibel environments. Be aware of how loud your headphones are and so forth. I knew a dentist that became deaf to many frequencies being around high speed drills for too long. Jump on any possible ear infections if the least bit concerned.

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I didn't score very high in the mechanical aptitude portion of the test. I think mechanical knowledge and skills is something I can learn to become proficient at after a couple years of studying and training. I also think for those who have mechanical aptitude, or in other words, to those who scored high on the that portion of the test, the career counselor would recommend a person instead to work towards an engineering degree at a university like MIT not go into a trade. The company I took the aptitude test at, has been doing aptitude testing since the early 1900's. They are pretty well established testing center and had good reviews. All in all, I was pretty satisfied with the test I think. I learned a lot about aptitudes, where my strengths are and which areas I'll need to work more to improve on.

Right now, I think I've narrowed down which trade I should go into to 2 choices. Either pursue a mechanical trade as automotive technician or a low voltage electrical trade. I think these two fields it seems are more structured paths and provide more predictability of the outcome. The low voltage trade has an apprenticeship program with the union in my area. After I get into one of either these 2 fields, after a couple years I'll probably do something like installing home theater audio systems, tuning pianos, and the like. The mechanical and electrical trades will provide more structure and a general knowledge where I can translate my skillsets learned, to these more specialized fields. I think acoustics and sound system installations is harder to find work than auto mechanic or low voltage electrician, as they seem to be more of luxury items in an niche market. What do you guys think of this plan? Thanks for all the great advice.

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If you get into a trade where you work in occupied homes, you need a thick skin and selective hearing.
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I think studying acoustics to some degree seems natural for you. You could probably carve out a nice niche, once you develop other skills with tools and so forth, in trade work having to do with noise abatement, noise cancelling, acoustic design and installation (concert halls, recital rooms, etc.) and even home, business and museum theater component installation. Of course working with sound system installations in homes, boats, planes and so forth could work. A friend in Seattle does very well at this.
the acoustics sounds really interesting! I just found a book on it on amazon.
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Navy, sonar tech. Forget construction trades, dead in the water market right now.

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