Cantors

Cantors Performing

Cantors lead musical liturgies in synagogues to enhance the religious experiences of worshipers. They also perform some activities in support of the rabbi such as visiting sick congregants and training children for their Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebrations. They are professionals who have almost as much training as rabbis. Most cantors serve one of the four main types of Jewish congregations: Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, and Reconstructionist. The remaining congregations are other unaffiliated streams of Judaism.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Hazzans
Duties Lead musical liturgies in synagogues and perform activities in support of the rabbi
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $100,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, metropolitan areas
Minimum Education Level
  • Some Postsecondary Training
  • Master's Degree
School Subjects
  • Music
  • Religion
Experience Internship/graduate degree
Personality Traits
  • Helpful
  • Outgoing
  • Social
Skills
  • Interpersonal
  • Performance
  • Music
  • and Acting
  • Public Speaking
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements Must be male in Orthodox congregations
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Rabbi or College Professor
  • Cantor
  • Assistant Cantor

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