Music Journalists

Music journalists report on the latest music releases and public performances of all genres. Their work appears in print and online newspapers and magazines, or is used in radio or television broadcasts. They work on periodical staffs or as freelance writers.


Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Write about musical artists, concerts, musical genres, and other music-related topics for print and online newspapers and magazines
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
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • English
  • Journalism
  • Music
Experience Writing/editing experience required
Personality Traits
  • Creative
  • Curious
  • Outgoing
Skills
  • Interpersonal
  • Performance
  • Music
  • and Acting
  • Writing
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Decline
Career Ladder
  • Head Entertainment Editor or Editor in Chief
  • Music Journalist
  • Junior Writer, or Copy Editor, or Researcher

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