Musicians and Singers


Hourly Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+0.9% (little or no change)


What Musicians and Singers Do

Play one or more musical instruments or sing. May perform on stage, for broadcasting, or for sound or video recording.

Other Job Titles Musicians and Singers May Have

Choir Member, Gospel Singer, Musician, Opera Singer, Orchestra Musician, Percussionist, Singer, Singing Telegram Performer, Tenor, Vocalist

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

I wake up at 5 a.m. every morning because I like the feeling of quiet, peace, and independence that the early morning gives me. When I get up, I'll typically have some sort of devotional time. Then, I'll write. Writing is difficult for me—for every one great song that spills out of me, there are 200 that I'm unhappy with—but I make time every day to do it because using the gift that I've been given gives me a sense of purpose.

Musician, Teacher ,

The best days I have are when I get to be creative and someone finds a value in what I bring to the table. I get paid to do what I love. Music can be many things and in my case it has ranged from: recording in a studio to playing a gig for 2 people to leading a drum circle of 200 CEO's of Fortune 500 companies. It is a constant challenge to find people and places to hire you and is extremely competitive so there is much work "behind the scenes".

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Perform before live audiences in concerts, recitals, educational presentations, and other social gatherings.
  • Sing a cappella or with musical accompaniment.
  • Interpret or modify music, applying knowledge of harmony, melody, rhythm, and voice production to individualize presentations and maintain audience interest.
  • Specialize in playing a specific family of instruments or a particular type of music.
  • Sing as a soloist or as a member of a vocal group.

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