Pop/Rock Musicians

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 39,260 musicians and singers employed in the United States.

Quick Facts
Duties Play one or more musical instruments or sing; perform on stage, for on-air broadcasting, or for audio or video recording
Alternate Title(s) None
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $100,000+
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Good
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, Seattle, and Austin
Education and Training
  • High School Diploma
Related School Subjects
  • Business
  • Music
  • Theater/Dance
Experience Performance experience recommended
  • Interpersonal
  • Performance
  • Music
  • and Acting
  • Public Speaking
Personality Traits
  • Creative
  • Hands On
  • Outgoing
Licensure/Certification None
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Pop/Rock Musician with a Recording Contract
  • Pop/Rock Musician, Freelance
  • Solo Backup Vocalist or Musician

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