|Quick Facts: Musicians and Singers|
|2012 Median Pay||$23.50 per hour|
|Entry-Level Education||High school diploma or equivalent|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||None|
|On-the-job Training||Long-term on-the-job training|
|Number of Jobs, 2012||167,400|
|Job Outlook, 2012-22||5% (Slower than average)|
|Employment Change, 2012-22||8,700|
What Musicians and Singers Do
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.
How to Become a Musician or Singer
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.
The median hourly wage for musicians and singers was $23.50 in May 2012.
Employment of musicians and singers is projected to grow 5 percent from 2012 to 2022, slower than the average for all occupations. Growth will be due to increases in demand for musical performances. Digital downloads and streaming platforms make it easier for fans to listen to recordings and view performances.