Musicians and Singers

Career Overview

Musicians and singers play instruments or sing for live audiences and in recording studios.


There are no post-secondary education requirements for those interested in performing popular music. Many musicians and singers of classical music and opera have a bachelor’s degree in music theory or performance. To be accepted into one of these programs, applicants are typically required to submit recordings or to audition in person and sometimes must do both.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$10 /yr
$28 /yr
$73 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Performing Arts
  • Business
  • Public Speaking
  • Communication
  • Music
  • Learn to play the piano!
Work Environment

Musicians and singers often perform in settings such as concert halls, arenas, and clubs.

Future Outlook

Employment of musicians and singers is projected to grow 6 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Growth will be due to increases in demand for musical performances. However, there will be tough competition for jobs because of the large number of people who are interested in becoming musicians and singers.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada