Musicians perform, compose, conduct, arrange, and teach music. Performing musicians may work alone or as part of a group, or ensemble. They may play before live audiences in clubs or auditoriums, or they may perform on television or radio, in motion pictures, or in a recording studio. Musicians usually play either classical, popular (including rock and country), jazz, or folk music, but many musicians play several musical styles. Musicians and singers hold approximately 39,260 jobs in the United States.

Quick Facts
Duties Compose, conduct, arrange, teach, and perform music
Alternate Title(s) Choral Directors, Classical Musicians, Copyists, Instrumental Musicians, Jazz Musicians, Librettists, Orchestrators
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $100,000+
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) New York City, Los Angeles, and Nashville, but jobs exist throughout the country
Education and Training
  • High School Diploma
Related School Subjects
  • English
  • Music
  • Theater/Dance
Experience Extensive practice/experience recommended
  • Interpersonal
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
  • Performance
  • Music
  • and Acting
Personality Traits
  • Artistic
  • Creative
  • Hands On
Licensure/Certification Required
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Nationally-Known Musician or Music Conductor/Director
  • Teacher
  • Musician
  • Amateur Musician

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