Pop/Rock Musicians

Justin Timberlake Performs with Guitar

Pop/rock musicians perform in nightclubs, concert halls, on college campuses, and at live events such as festivals and fairs. They also record their music for distribution on CDs and the Internet. A pop/rock musician usually performs as a member of a band comprised of instrumentalists and vocalists. The band may perform original music or music composed and recorded by other artists or a combination of both. There are approximately 37,090 musicians and singers employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Play one or more musical instruments or sing; perform on stage, for on-air broadcasting, or for audio or video recording
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Jobs are available throughout the country, but many opportunities are found in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Anaheim, and Portland.
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
School Subjects
  • Business
  • Music
  • Theater/Dance
Experience Performance experience recommended
Personality Traits
  • Creative
  • Hands On
  • Outgoing
  • Interpersonal
  • Performance
  • Music
  • and Acting
  • Public Speaking
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Pop/Rock Musician with a Recording Contract
  • Pop/Rock Musician, Freelance
  • Solo Backup Vocalist or Musician