Singers

General Information

Description

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

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Business Breakdown

People in this career work in these sectors.

  1. Self-employed45.76%
  2. Private, not for profit38.60%
  3. Private, for profit12.87%
  4. Federal government1.22%
  5. State and local government1.06%

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 grow 7 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Growth will be attributed to increases in demand for musical performances. 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 growth will likely be limited in orchestras, opera companies, and other musical groups because they can 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. During economic downturns, 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.

  • High school 62%
  • Less than high school 18%
  • Master's degree 16%
  • Some college 1%
  • Bachelor's degree 1%
  • 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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