Music Directors and Composers

General Information


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 profit51.40%
  2. Self-employed30.55%
  3. Private, for profit13.28%
  4. State and local government3.21%
  5. Federal government0.40%

Job Outlook

Employment of music directors and composers is projected to grow 6 percent from 2020 to 2030, about as fast as the average for all occupations. About 6,000 openings for music directors and composers 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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  • Fine Arts
  • English Language
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Communications and Media
  • Education and Training
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