Music streaming services like Apple Music and Spotify have made listening to music as easy as breathing, but there’s also a downside. Track techs feel like their jobs are becoming obsolete as the popularity of these streaming apps grows. As a result, unemployment rates for this profession are now at an all-time high.
This post covers the most effective ways to overcome Track Tech problems and keep your job safe and sound.
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Is this a joke? It’s supposed to be one of the most important things in the world, and I’m supposed to be concerned about my job? This is shameless.”
In 2017, about 48% of American adults owned a smartphone, according to a Pew Research Center report. A quarter of the population with and over 65 years old owned smartphones, and there is no telling how many of those people used apps like Google Play Music, Apple Music or Spotify. In a world where people are constantly using their phones, records can be listened to without a physical medium. For example, you can just go onto Spotify and listen to any record.
In addition, Spotify is now being used as a platform for music discovery. Competing with the likes of Pandora and iTunes Radio, Spotify’s users can find new music by creating playlists or by following other users. In fact, there are over 200 million playlists on Spotify—that’s more than double the number of songs available on all streaming platforms combined.
Using this data from Statista as a basis, we can see that it is estimated that 1 billion people will listen to music via the internet in 2018. This means that there are more records being streamed by people than ever before.
That’s why it is no longer an exaggeration to say that music streaming has practically become the new radio.
Timing is Everything
There are many factors to take into consideration when selecting your job as a recording tech, but one of the most important is timing. The following are some possible scenarios that affect how you could lose your job:
1) Your employer decides that they no longer need you, which leads them to let you go without notice or redundancy pay. This can happen if they anticipate a decline in sales and need to cut costs.
2) Your employer decides to invest in a new product and give you the choice of which position to take since they can no longer afford your services.
3) A new trend comes about that makes your job obsolete. You may not finish your shift at work immediately, but don’t forget that you still have a job to do. This happens all the time because workers are not kept informed about ongoing changes in the workplace. In fact, many people who lose their jobs never find out what caused it or how they can use these changes to their advantage or career growth.
4) Your employer lays off the entire staff.
We want you to consider all of these possibilities so that you do not go into the next phase of your life unprepared.
How Do I Avoid Unemployment?
If you are still employed, don’t let these grim statistics scare you. While the task seems daunting, it’s not impossible to keep your job safe and sound. Even if you are laid off, there are other options that will give you a chance to get back into music production. As long as versatility is one of your strengths, it is possible to find a position in which you can use your skills towards other ends while keeping music production in mind for your future—and vice versa.