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27-2042.01 - Singers

Sing songs on stage, radio, television, or motion pictures.

Sample of reported job titles: Choir Member, Entertainer, Gospel Singer, Opera Singer, Singer, Singer Songwriter, Singing Messenger, Singing Telegram Performer, Tenor, Vocalist

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Tasks  |  Tools & Technology  |  Knowledge  |  Skills  |  Abilities  |  Work Activities  |  Detailed Work Activities  |  Work Context  |  Job Zone  |  Education  |  Credentials  |  Interests  |  Work Styles  |  Work Values  |  Related Occupations  |  Wages & Employment  |  Job Openings  |  Additional Information

Tasks

  • Memorize musical selections and routines, or sing following printed text, musical notation, or customer instructions. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Sing as a soloist or as a member of a vocal group. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Perform before live audiences, or in television, radio, or movie productions. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Interpret or modify music, applying knowledge of harmony, melody, rhythm, and voice production to individualize presentations and maintain audience interest. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Practice singing exercises and study with vocal coaches to develop voice and skills and to rehearse for upcoming roles. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Sing a cappella or with musical accompaniment. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Observe choral leaders or prompters for cues or directions in vocal presentation. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Make or participate in recordings. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Seek out and learn new music suitable for live performance or recording. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Compose songs or create vocal arrangements. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Collaborate with a manager or agent who handles administrative details, finds work, and negotiates contracts. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Learn acting, dancing, and other skills required for dramatic singing roles. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Research particular roles to find out more about a character, or the time and place in which a piece is set. See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Audio mixing consoles — Sound mixers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Compact disk players or recorders — Compact disk CD players; Compact disk CD trainers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Earphone — In-ear monitors IEM See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Equalizers — Audio equalizers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Karaoke systems — Karaoke machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Microphone stand — Microphone stands See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Microphones — Live microphones; Monitor microphones; Studio microphones; Universal serial bus USB microphones See more occupations related to this tool.
  • MP3 players or recorders — MP3 trainers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Musical instrument effects unit — Effects pedals; Effects racks; Vocal processors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Notebook computers — Laptop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Public address systems — Loudspeaker systems See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tablet computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wireless microphone and instrument amplification system — Wireless microphones See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Computer based training software — Cantovation Sing & See; Singing Success See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Desktop publishing software — Avid Technology Sibelius; MakeMusic Finale software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Music or sound editing software — Acoustica Mixcraft; Apple GarageBand; Audacity *; Avid Technology Pro Tools See more occupations related to this technology.

* Software developed by a government agency and/or distributed as freeware or shareware.

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Knowledge

  • English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Fine Arts — Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Sales and Marketing — Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Customer and Personal Service — Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction. See more occupations related to this knowledge.

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Skills

  • Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action. See more occupations related to this skill.

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Abilities

  • Memorization — The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Originality — The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Fluency of Ideas — The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Auditory Attention — The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Hearing Sensitivity — The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Information Ordering — The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations). See more occupations related to this ability.

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Work Activities

  • Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization — Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public — Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Selling or Influencing Others — Convincing others to buy merchandise/goods or to otherwise change their minds or actions. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others — Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Perform music for the public. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Practice athletic or artistic skills. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Coordinate logistics for productions or events. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Create musical compositions, arrangements or scores. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Conduct research to inform art, designs, or other work. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Perform for recordings. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 27% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 68% responded “A lot of freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Physical Proximity — 43% responded “Moderately close (at arm's length).” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 33% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others — 52% responded “Contact with others most of the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 33% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Telephone — 23% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 44% responded “A lot of freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure — 31% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With External Customers — 25% responded “Important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 23% responded “Never.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — 15% responded “Not important at all.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Standing — 41% responded “More than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Coordinate or Lead Others — 22% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 22% responded “Minor results.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Level of Competition — 33% responded “Not at all competitive.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment — 34% responded “Never.” See more occupations related to this work context.

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Job Zone

Title Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed
Education These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
Related Experience Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.
Job Training Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Job Zone Examples These occupations often involve using your knowledge and skills to help others. Examples include sheet metal workers, forest fire fighters, customer service representatives, physical therapist aides, salespersons (retail), and tellers.
SVP Range (4.0 to < 6.0)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
Not available High school diploma or equivalent Help
Not available Less than high school diploma
Not available Master's degree

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Credentials

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Interests

Interest code: AE

  • Artistic — Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • Enterprising — Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business. See more occupations related to this interest.

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Work Styles

  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems. See more occupations related to this work style.

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Work Values

  • Relationships — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Achievement — Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Recognition — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status. See more occupations related to this work value.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages data collected from Musicians and Singers.
Employment data collected from Musicians and Singers.
Industry data collected from Musicians and Singers.

Median wages (2014) $24.16 hourly
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 167,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Slower than average (3% to 7%) Slower than average (3% to 7%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 53,900
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2012)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data external site and 2012-2022 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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Sources of Additional Information

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  • Musicians and Singers external site. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition.

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