Summary Report for:
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
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
- Sing a cappella or with musical accompaniment.
- Interpret or modify music, applying knowledge of harmony, melody, rhythm, and voice production to individualize presentations and maintain audience interest.
- Sing as a soloist or as a member of a vocal group.
- Observe choral leaders or prompters for cues or directions in vocal presentation.
- Perform before live audiences, or in television, radio, or movie productions.
- Memorize musical selections and routines, or sing following printed text, musical notation, or customer instructions.
- Practice singing exercises and study with vocal coaches to develop voice and skills and to rehearse for upcoming roles.
- Seek out and learn new music suitable for live performance or recording.
- Make or participate in recordings.
- Research particular roles to find out more about a character, or the time and place in which a piece is set.
- Learn acting, dancing, and other skills required for dramatic singing roles.
- Compose songs or create vocal arrangements.
- Collaborate with a manager or agent who handles administrative details, finds work, and negotiates contracts.
- Computer based training software — Cantovation Sing & See; Singing Success
- Desktop publishing software — Avid Technology Sibelius; MakeMusic Finale
- Enterprise resource planning ERP software — SAP software
- Music or sound editing software — Acoustica Mixcraft; Apple GarageBand; Audacity; Avid Technology Pro Tools
- Office suite software — Microsoft Office
- Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel
- Video creation and editing software — YouTube
- Web page creation and editing software — Facebook
- Word processing software — Microsoft Word
Hot Technology — a technology requirement frequently included in employer job postings.
- Audio mixing consoles — Sound mixers
- Compact disk players or recorders — Compact disk CD players; Compact disk CD trainers
- Earphone — In-ear monitors IEM
- Equalizers — Audio equalizers
- Karaoke systems — Karaoke machines
- Microphone stand — Microphone stands
- Microphones — Live microphones; Monitor microphones; Studio microphones; Universal serial bus USB microphones
- MP3 players or recorders — MP3 trainers
- Musical instrument effects unit — Effects pedals; Effects racks; Vocal processors
- Notebook computers — Laptop computers
- Personal computers
- Public address systems — Loudspeaker systems
- Tablet computers
- Wireless microphone and instrument amplification system — Wireless microphones
- Fine Arts — Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.
- English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
- Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
- Memorization — The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
- Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
- Hearing Sensitivity — The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
- Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
- Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
- Auditory Attention — The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
- 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.
- Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
- Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
- Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
- Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
- 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.
- Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
- Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
- Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
- Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
- Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
- Developing and Building Teams — Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
- Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.
- Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
- Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
- Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
- 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.
Detailed Work Activities
- Perform music for the public.
- Practice athletic or artistic skills.
- Conduct research to inform art, designs, or other work.
- Create musical compositions, arrangements or scores.
- Perform for recordings.
- Coordinate logistics for productions or events.
- Physical Proximity — 77% responded “Very close (near touching).”
- Work With Work Group or Team — 77% responded “Extremely important.”
- Contact With Others — 71% responded “Constant contact with others.”
- Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 56% responded “Extremely important.”
- Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 45% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
- Face-to-Face Discussions — 44% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
- Time Pressure — 38% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
- Level of Competition — 45% responded “Extremely competitive.”
- Electronic Mail — 36% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
- Frequency of Decision Making — 32% responded “Every day.”
- Freedom to Make Decisions — 35% responded “Very little freedom.”
- Work Schedules — 51% responded “Irregular (changes with weather conditions, production demands, or contract duration).”
- Deal With External Customers — 33% responded “Not important at all.”
- Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 28% responded “Minor results.”
- Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — 27% responded “Important.”
- Spend Time Sitting — 40% responded “About half the time.”
- Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 23% responded “Never.”
- Spend Time Standing — 35% responded “About half the time.”
- Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 32% responded “Never.”
- Coordinate or Lead Others — 42% responded “Important.”
|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)|
Percentage of Respondents
|Education Level Required|
|26||Some college, no degree|
|17||Less than high school diploma|
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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.
- 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.
- Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
- Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
- Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
- Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
- Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
- Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
- Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
- Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
- Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
- Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
- Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
- Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical.
- 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.
- Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Wages & Employment Trends
Median wage data for Musicians and Singers.
Employment data for Musicians and Singers.
Industry data for Musicians and Singers.
|Median wages (2019)||$30.39 hourly|
|Employment (2018)||187,600 employees|
|Projected growth (2018-2028)||Little or no change (-1% to 1%)|
|Projected job openings (2018-2028)||22,400|
|Top industries (2018)|
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2019 wage data and 2018-2028 employment projections . "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2018-2028). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.
Job Openings on the Web
Sources of Additional Information
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- Academy of Country Music
- Actors' Equity Association
- American Federation of Musicians
- American Guild of Musical Artists
- Country Music Association
- North American Singers Association
- Occupational Outlook Handbook: Musicians and singers
- Screen Actors Guild - American Federation of Television and Radio Artists
- The Contemporary A Capella Society of America