Musicians & Singers

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Choir Member, Musician, Singer, Violinist

What they do:
Play one or more musical instruments or sing. May perform on stage, for broadcasting, or for sound or video recording.
On the job, you would:
  • Perform before live audiences in concerts, recitals, educational presentations, and other social gatherings.
  • Sing a cappella or with musical accompaniment.
  • Interpret or modify music, applying knowledge of harmony, melody, rhythm, and voice production to individualize presentations and maintain audience interest.


Arts and Humanities

  • music, dance, visual arts, drama, or sculpture
  • English language


  • multimedia


Basic Skills

  • talking to others
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements


  • understanding people's reactions
  • changing what is done based on other people's actions



  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say


  • remember words, numbers, pictures, or steps

Hearing and Speech

  • tell the difference between sounds
  • pay attention to one sound while there are other distracting sounds

Visual Understanding

  • quickly know what you are looking at


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
  • Persistence
  • Stress Tolerance


You might use software like this on the job:

Web page creation and editing software

  • Facebook Hot Technology
  • Instagram

Video creation and editing software

  • YouTube

Music or sound editing software

  • Avid Technology Pro Tools
  • iZotope Ozone


Education: (rated 4 of 5)

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Job Outlook

Below Average
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
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