Nature of Work: Musicians and singers play instruments or sing for live audiences and in recording studios. They perform in a variety of styles, such as classical, jazz, opera, hip-hop, and rock.
Training, Qualifications and Advancement: There are no higher education requirements for those interested in performing popular music. To be accepted into one of these programs, applicants are typically required to submit recordings or audition in person, and sometimes both. Musicians need a lot of training to learn the skills and knowledge necessary to understand music at a professional level. Some important qualities are dedication, discipline, interpersonal skills, musical talent, physical stamina and promotional skills. Advancement for musicians and singers means becoming better known, finding work more easily, and earning more money for each performance.
Job Outlook: Employment of musicians and singers is projected to grow 3 percent from 2014 to 2024, slower than the average for all occupations. Growth will be attributed to increases in demand for musical performances.
Projections Data: In the United States the base for the musicians and singers is 173,300. The amount projected is 179,300. That is a differences of 179,300.
Earnings: The median hourly wage for musicians and singers was $24.20 in May 2015.
Related Occupations: Actors, Dancers and Choreographers, High School Teachers, Kindergarten and Elementary School Teachers, Middle School Teachers, Music Directors and Composers, Post-Secondary Teachers, Producers and Directors