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. 

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

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