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Musicians, Instrumental

Also called: Horn Player, Musician, Oboist, Violinist

Where in the military? In the military: see titles from the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, or Navy.

What they do:
Play one or more musical instruments in recital, in accompaniment, or as members of an orchestra, band, or other musical group.
On the job, you would:
  • Practice musical instrument performances, individually or in rehearsal with other musicians, to master individual pieces of music and to maintain and improve skills.
  • Perform before live audiences.
  • Specialize in playing a specific family of instruments or a particular type of music.


Arts and Humanities
  • music, dance, visual arts, drama, or sculpture
Education and Training
  • teaching and course design


Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • talking to others
  • changing what is done based on other people's actions
  • understanding people's reactions


Hand and Finger Use
  • keep your arm or hand steady
  • hold or move items with your hands
  • pay attention to something without being distracted
  • do two or more things at the same time
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • create new and original ideas


People interested in this work like activities that include creating, designing, and making your own rules.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Dependability
  • Attention to Detail
  • Achievement/Effort
  • Cooperation
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Self Control


You might use software like this on the job:

Music or sound editing software
  • Apple GarageBand
  • Avid Technology Pro Tools
Web page creation and editing software
  • Blogging software
  • Facebook
Desktop publishing software
  • Avid Technology Sibelius
  • MakeMusic Finale software


Education: (rated 3 of 5)
some college or
no high school diploma/GED
usually needed

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