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, arenas, and clubs.
There are no postsecondary education requirements for musicians or singers interested in performing popular music. However, many performers of classical music and opera have at least a bachelor's degree. Musicians and singers need extensive and prolonged training and practice to acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to interpret music at a professional level.
The median hourly wage for musicians and singers was $24.20 in May 2015.
Employment of musicians and singers is projected to grow 3 percent from 2014 to 2024, slower than 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.
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