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27-2042.01 - Singers

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

Sample of reported job titles: Choir Member, Chorister, Gospel Singer, Musician, Opera Singer, Singer, Singing Telegram Performer, Songwriter, Vocal Performer, Vocalist

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Tasks  |  Technology Skills  |  Tools Used  |  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

  • Sing a cappella or with musical accompaniment. 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.
  • Sing as a soloist or as a member of a vocal group. 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.
  • Perform before live audiences, or in television, radio, or movie productions. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Memorize musical selections and routines, or sing following printed text, musical notation, or customer instructions. 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.
  • Seek out and learn new music suitable for live performance or recording. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Make or participate in recordings. 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.
  • Learn acting, dancing, and other skills required for dramatic singing roles. 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.

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Technology Skills

  • Computer based training software — Cantovation Sing & See; Singing Success See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Desktop publishing software — Avid Technology Sibelius; MakeMusic Finale 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.

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Tools Used

  • 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.

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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.
  • 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.
  • Foreign Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of a foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Communications and Media — Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media. 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.
  • 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.

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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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Developing and Building Teams — Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job. 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.
  • Performing General Physical Activities — Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials. 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.
  • Conduct research to inform art, designs, or other work. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Create musical compositions, arrangements or scores. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Perform for recordings. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Coordinate logistics for productions or events. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Physical Proximity — 77% responded “Very close (near touching).” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 77% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others — 71% responded “Constant contact with others.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 56% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 45% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 44% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure — 38% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Level of Competition — 45% responded “Extremely competitive.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Electronic Mail — 36% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 32% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 35% responded “Very little freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work Schedules — 51% responded “Irregular (changes with weather conditions, production demands, or contract duration).” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With External Customers — 33% responded “Not important at all.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 28% responded “Minor results.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — 27% responded “Important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Sitting — 40% responded “About half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 23% responded “Never.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Standing — 35% responded “About half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 32% responded “Never.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Coordinate or Lead Others — 42% responded “Important.” See more occupations related to this work context.

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Job Zone

Title Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed
Education Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
Related Experience Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.
Job Training Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Job Zone Examples These occupations usually involve using communication and organizational skills to coordinate, supervise, manage, or train others to accomplish goals. Examples include hydroelectric production managers, travel guides, electricians, agricultural technicians, barbers, court reporters, and medical assistants.
SVP Range (6.0 to < 7.0)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
29   Bachelor's degree
26   Some college, no degree
17   Less than high school diploma

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Credentials

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Interests

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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and 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 (2018) $28.15 hourly
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2016) 172,000 employees
Projected growth (2016-2026) Average (5% to 9%) Average (5% to 9%)
Projected job openings (2016-2026) 17,800
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2016)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2018 wage data external site and 2016-2026 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2016-2026). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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