What do Musicians and Singers do?

By Srujay Korlakunta

What are the basic skills required to be a musician or singer?

Musicians have to be able to play, compose, teach and direct music, and must not have stage fright.

Singers have to memorize and sing routines on stage.

What activities do you have on the job?

Musicians play and compose different music during their work hours. They occasionally teach music as well.

Singers sing on stage, compose new songs, and practice during their day.

What are the working conditions and physical demands?

Musicians are expected to be able to handle loads up to 20 lbs, lot of walking or standing, be able to use your arms or legs to control machines, sitting more than 1/3 of the time, hold, control, and feel objects more than 1/3 of the time, being able to drown out sonds and noise levels that are loud and distracting, picking out a particular sound in a bunch of sounds, speaking clearly enough to be understood, and hearing the differences between sounds of different pitch and loudness.

Singers are supposed to be able to handle loads up to 20 lbs., do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools. It involves standing more than one-third of the time and being inside most of the time

You must be able to speak clearly enough to be able to be understood by others, be able to identify and understand the speech of another person and to detect sounds and hearing the differences between sounds of different pitch and loudness

What are the work hours and travel?

Musicians and Singers have irregular hours, overnight travel, and weekend work.

What are the educational requirements for the job?

Musicians and Singers both need to have a Bachelor's Degree in Music (instruments or singing). It is also acceptable to have a Master's or PhD in the subject.

How much does being a musician or singe pay?

Musician:

National Average Annual Wage: $57,750

Average Annual Wage in Texas: $66,000

Average Hourly Wage in Texas: $35.55


Singer:

National Average Annual Wage: $66,794

Average Annual Wage in Texas: $70,342

Average Hourly Wage in Texas: $29.10

What is the future outlook for these jobs?

The future outlook for being a musician or singer is the employment growth rate will likely be close to the average, the retirement rate will likely be average (the number of retiring workers should contribute to job openings), and the number of job seekers will likely match the number of job openings.