Singers

General Information

Description

Sing songs on stage, radio, television, or motion pictures.

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Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Industry areas

  • Performing Arts Companies
  • Religious Organizations
  • Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools

Job Outlook

Employment of musicians and singers is projected to show little or no change from 2018 to 2028. Digital downloads and streaming platforms make it easier for fans to listen to recordings and view performances. Easier access to recordings gives musicians more publicity and grows interest in their work, and concertgoers may become interested in seeing them perform live. Moreover, some musicians and singers license their music for use in advertisements or for other commercial purposes, creating more exposure and revenue opportunities. There may be some additional demand for musicians to serve as session musicians and backup artists for recordings and to go on tour. Singers may be needed to sing backup and to make recordings for commercials, films, and television. However, employment is projected to decline in orchestras, opera companies, and other musical groups because they may have difficulty getting funding. Some musicians and singers work for nonprofit organizations that rely on donations, government funding, and corporate sponsorships, in addition to ticket sales, to fund their work. These organizations may have trouble finding enough funding to cover their expenses.

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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Bachelor's degree 28%
  • Some college 26%
  • Less than high school 17%
  • High school 15%
  • Master's degree 12%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Associate's degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%
  • Post-secondary certificate 0%

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Knowledge

  • Fine Arts
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • English Language
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Communications and Media

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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