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27-2091.00 - Disc Jockeys, Except Radio

Play prerecorded music for live audiences at venues or events such as clubs, parties, or wedding receptions. May use techniques such as mixing, cutting, or sampling to manipulate recordings. May also perform as emcee (master of ceremonies).

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Tasks

  • Accept music requests from event guests. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Adhere to schedules to keep events running on time. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Advertise services using media such as internet advertising and brochures. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Assemble audio and video equipment. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Collect payments from customers. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Communicate with clients or venue owners to determine event information, such as music preferences, scheduling, and anticipated attendance. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Conduct sound checks to ensure equipment is working and appropriate for the venue. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Create itemized invoices to record amounts due for services rendered. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Create tailored playlists by aligning music with event functions. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Develop written contracts for bookings. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Encourage guests to dance using group dances, competitions, or other party games. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Lead party games, such as dance-offs or prize giveaways. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Listen to music before playing at events to ensure recordings are appropriate and meet quality standards. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of music releases and trends. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Mix, cut, or sample recorded music using DJ controllers, CDJs, or DJ mixers. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Operate disc jockey controller and other equipment, such as microphones. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Operate visual effects equipment, such as lights, fog machines, or lasers. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Organize music libraries or playlists. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Select and play music incorporating crowd preferences and mood. See more occupations related to this task.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Select resources needed to accomplish tasks. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Conduct amusement or gaming activities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate control consoles for sound, lighting or video. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Assemble electrical or electronic equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Collect fares or payment from customers. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Confer with clients to determine needs. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Edit audio or video recordings. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Estimate time or monetary resources needed to complete projects. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain current knowledge related to work activities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain records, documents, or other files. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Mix sound inputs. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prepare sales or other contracts. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Promote products, activities, or organizations. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Record sales or transactions data. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Respond to customer inquiries. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Review audio or video recordings. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Test performance of electrical, electronic, mechanical, or integrated systems or equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Credentials

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wage data for Miscellaneous Entertainers and Performers, Sports and Related Workers.
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Median wages (2019) $15.86 hourly
State wages
Local wages
 
Employment (2019) 33,300 employees
Projected growth (2019-2029) Average (3% to 4%) Average (3% to 4%)
Projected job openings (2019-2029) 3,600
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Top industries (2019)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2019 wage data external site and 2019-2029 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2019-2029). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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