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.

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

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