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Composers and Arrangers
The U.S. Department of Labor, which classifies composers and arrangers in the category of musicians, singers, and related workers, predicts employment in this field to grow about as fast as the average for all careers through 2020. Although there are no reliable statistics on the number of people who make their living solely from composing and/or arranging, the general consensus is that very few people can sustain themselves through composing and arranging alone. The field is highly competitive and crowded with highly talented people trying to have their music published and played. There are only a limited number of commissions, grants, and awards available at any time, and the availability of these is often subjected to changes in the economy. On the other hand, many films continue to be made each year, particularly as cable television companies produce more and more original programs. However, the chances of new composers and arrangers supporting themselves by their music alone will likely always remain small.