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Songwriters write the words and music for songs, including songs for recordings, advertising jingles, and theatrical performances. We hear the work of songwriters every day, and yet most songwriters remain anonymous, even if a song's performer is famous. Many songwriters perform their own songs. Songwriters are also known as composers and lyricists. 

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Composers, Lyricists
Duties Write the words and music for songs
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) New York City, Los Angeles, Nashville, and Chicago
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
School Subjects
  • English
  • Music
  • Theater/Dance
Experience Experience with a variety of song styles recommended
Personality Traits
  • Artistic
  • Creative
  • Outgoing
  • Interpersonal
  • Performance
  • Music
  • and Acting
  • Writing
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Hit Songwriter, or Jingle House Owner, or Musician
  • Songwriter
  • Aspiring Songwriter