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Musicians and Singers

Musicians and Singers
Quick Facts : Musicians and Singers*
Entry Level EducationHigh school diploma or equivalent
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 2012176,200
Job Outlook10% (About as fast as average)
Employment Change17,900

Musicians and singers use their voices or play instruments to perform for live audiences and record music in studios. Their styles can vary by genres such as jazz, rock, opera, and rap.

What Musicians and Singers Do

  • Perform music for live audiences and recordings
  • Audition for positions in orchestras, choruses, bands, and other music groups
  • Practice playing instruments or singing to improve their technique
  • Find and travel to locations for performances or concerts
  • Promote their careers by doing photo shoots and interviews or maintaining a website or social media presence

Work Environment

Musicians and singers often perform in settings such as concert halls, arenas, and clubs. They often work in religious organizations and performing arts companies; others are self-employed.
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Job Outlook

Employment of musicians and singers is expected to increase by 10 percent from 2010 to 2020 as the number of people attending musical performances, such as orchestra, opera, and rock concerts, is expected to grow.
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The average wage of musicians and singers was $22.39 in May 2010.
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Becoming a Musicians and Singers

There are no formal education requirements for those interested in performing popular music, but those interested in performing classical and opera will probably need at least a bachelor's degree.
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