Music Composers and Arrangers

Military Career

General Information


Music composers and arrangers write and transcribe musical scores. They adapt music into customized musical arrangements and create original music for various musical ensembles. Knowledge of music theory, transpositions, capabilities of instruments, and the ability to arrange and compose music using industry standard software are mandatory.

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Work Environment

Music composers and arrangers work indoors in theaters, concert halls, and at dances, and outdoors at parades and open-air concerts.  They also travel regularly.

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

Comparable Industries

  • Elementary and Secondary Schools
  • Religious Organizations
  • Performing Arts Companies
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Military Outlook

Military Workforce

Music Composers and Arrangers in the Military


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Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Some college 26%
  • Bachelor's degree 21%
  • Less than high school 15%
  • Associate's degree 11%
  • Post-master's certificate 11%
  • High school 8%
  • Master's degree 3%
  • Post baccalaureate 1%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • First professional degree 0%
  • Post-secondary certificate 0%

Military training

All enlisted service members complete basic military training, which includes time spent in a classroom and in the field, and covers tactical and survival skills, physical training, military life and customs, and weapons training.  Although musicians must be musically proficient to enter the service, music training is given to new band members. Music composers and arrangers in the Military will gain skills through regular rehearsals, individual practice, and on-the-job experience.

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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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