Job description

Singers are trained musicians who are able to read and interpret musical compositions. They then apply their tone and style and use their vocal range to add individuality and uniqueness to a song which they perform in a recording studio or in front of a live audience.

Duties

    • Study, interpret and modify music, as well as memorise lyrics and new routines
    • Practise singing exercises and study with vocal coaches
    • Practise singing and dance routines for video recordings or live shows
    • Perform in front of live audiences for TV shows and concerts
    • Collaborate with management and production team
    • Maintain and grow social media audience for self-promotion
    • Write lyrics and musical composition for new songs
    • Record new music in studios

Skills, qualities and knowledge

Patience
Perseverance
Attention to detail
Communication
Physical stamina
Interpersonal
Problem-solving
Customer service
Active listening
Memorisation
Hearing sensitivity
Speech clarity
Critical thinking

Working hours and environment

Average working hours

50hweek

Typical schedule

Unpredictable

Nights, weekends, holidays occasionally

Most singers work long hours, often into the early hours of the morning.

Those who are just starting their careers usually perform in bars and at local events to gain exposure. Many singers go through periods of unemployment.

A lot of travel is to be expected, often for long periods of time, particularly when touring the country or the world. You may also have to perform outdoors in all kinds of weather conditions.

Salary

Bottom 10%

$22k

Median

$59k

Top 10%

$150k

Annual salary estimates are based on percentile wage data collected through the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey of US workers.

Qualifications and training

Education level

High School

DVM / VMD degree

Study time

None

While postsecondary education is not a formal requirement, a degree in music along with years of vocal training is beneficial when trying to break into the industry. If you do take the studious route, there are special schools that are dedicated to music and performing arts.

Competition is incredibly fierce within the music industry, so to try and promote your talent, you could enter a televised competition.

Job outlook

Projected growth
The projected growth rate of employment in the US from 2018 to 2028, based on data collected through the BLS Employment Projections (EP) programme. The national average growth rate for all professions is 5%.

0%

No of new jobs
The number of jobs projected to become available in the US between 2018 and 2028, based on data collected through the BLS Employment Projections (EP) programme.

300

Automation risk

7.4%

Career progression

Many singers progress from local stages and gigs to big arena tours. Others focus on sharing their talent by teaching aspiring artists.

Depending on your style of music, you can find a niche area that you’d like to work in. For example, you can work in musical theatre, TV adverts, as part of a band or as a backing singer.