Professional singers perform opera, gospel, blues, rock, jazz, folk, classical, country, and other musical genres before an audience or in recordings. Singers are musicians who use their voices as their instruments. They may perform as part of a band, choir, or other musical ensembles, or solo, whether with or without musical accompaniment. Singers and musicians hold approximately 39,260 jobs in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Classical Singers, Folk Singers, Gospel Singers, Jazz Singers, Pop/Rock Singers, Professional Singers, Virtuosos
Duties Sing and perform songs for audiences and audio and video recordings
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) New York, Los Angeles, and Nashville, but opportunities are available throughout the country
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
School Subjects
  • Music
  • Speech
  • Theater/Dance
Experience Experience with a variety of singing styles recommended
Personality Traits
  • Creative
  • Outgoing
  • Social
  • Interpersonal
  • Performance
  • Music
  • and Acting
  • Public Speaking
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Music/Voice Teacher or Nationally Known Singer
  • Singer
  • Amateur Singer

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