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Music Directors and Composers

General Information

Description

Conduct, direct, plan, and lead instrumental or vocal performances by musical artists or groups, such as orchestras, bands, choirs, and glee clubs; or create original works of music.

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Business Breakdown

People in this career work in these sectors.

  1. Private, not for profit41.18%
  2. Self-employed35.07%
  3. Private, for profit20.40%
  4. State and local government2.39%

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Industry areas

  • Arts, Audio/Video Technology & Communications

Job Outlook

Projected Job Growth (2022 - 2032)
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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$62,940

Military salary*

$109,740

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State-by-state Salary

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$99,210
$38,600
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Education & Interests

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Master's degree 28%
  • Bachelor's degree 24%
  • Doctoral degree 20%
  • Associate's degree 7%
  • Some college 6%
  • Less than high school 5%
  • High school 3%
  • Post baccalaureate 2%
  • Post-master's certificate 1%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • First professional degree 0%
  • Post-secondary certificate 0%

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PERSONALITY CHARACTERISTICS

You may find this career fulfilling if you consider yourself to be:

  • Artistic — You have an interest in creating visual artwork, performances, written works, food or music.
  • Enterprising — You have an interest in managing, negotiating and marketing, or leading and advising others.
  • Social — You have an interest in helping, teaching, advising, assisting or providing service to others.

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Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership

Knowledge

  • Fine Arts
  • English Language
  • Education and Training
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Administrative

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