|Quick Facts: Musicians and Singers|
|$30.49 per hour|
|No formal educational credential|
|Long-term on-the-job training|
|4% (As fast as average)|
What Musicians and Singers Do
Musicians and singers play instruments or sing for live audiences and in recording studios.
Musicians and singers often perform in settings such as concert halls, churches, and clubs. Part-time work is common, and work schedules may vary and include mornings, nights, or weekends.
How to Become a Musician or Singer
Musicians and singers typically do not need formal postsecondary education to enter the occupation. However, those pursuing careers in some genres, such as classical or opera, may choose to earn a bachelor's or higher degree. Musicians and singers need extensive training and regular practice to acquire their skills.
The median hourly wage for musicians and singers was $30.49 in May 2021.
Employment of musicians and singers is projected to grow 4 percent from 2021 to 2031, about as fast as the average for all occupations.
About 20,800 openings for musicians and singers are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.
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