|Quick Facts: Music Directors and Composers|
|2012 Median Pay||
$47,350 per year
$22.77 per hour
|Entry-Level Education||Bachelor’s degree|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||Less than 5 years|
|Number of Jobs, 2012||77,600|
|Job Outlook, 2012-22||5% (Slower than average)|
|Employment Change, 2012-22||3,500|
Music directors (also called conductors) lead orchestras and other musical groups during performances and recording sessions. Composers write and arrange original music in a variety of musical styles.
Music directors may work for religious organizations, or work in concert halls and recording studios. Music directors may spend a lot of time traveling to different performances. Composers can work in offices, recording studios, or their own homes.
Educational and training requirements for music directors and composers vary. A music director or conductor for a symphony orchestra typically needs a master’s degree, but a choir director may need a bachelor’s degree. There are no formal educational requirements for those interested in writing popular music.
The median annual wage for music directors and composers was $47,350 in May 2012.
Employment of music directors and composers is projected to grow 5 percent from 2012 to 2022, slower than the average for all occupations. The number of people attending musical performances, such as symphonies and concerts, and theatrical performances, such as ballets and musical theater, is expected to increase moderately.
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