Musicians, Instrumental

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What do they do?

Play one or more musical instruments in recital, in accompaniment, or as members of an orchestra, band, or other musical group.

Also known as:

Cellist, Clarinetist, English Horn Player, Flutist, Horn Player, Musician, Oboist, Orchestra Musician, Percussionist, Pianist, Timpanist, Violinist, Violist

Typical Wages

Hourly wages for Musicians and Singers in United States

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Musicians and Singers is projected to show little or no change from 2018 to 2028.

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Projected Employment

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Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • 1.7%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #20 in job growth rate
  • 150

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #22 in net job growth
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Typical College Majors

Majors that prepare Musicians, Instrumental:

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★ Number of granted degrees for degree type, Bachelors degree, is listed after the major.

Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (4.8%)
  • Master's degree (19.5%)
  • Bachelor's degree (34.6%)
  • Associate's degree (5.5%)
  • Some college, no degree (20.4%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (12%)
  • Less than high school diploma (3.2%)

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People in this career often have these 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.
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People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Fine Arts - Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.
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People in this career often have talent in:

  • Hearing Sensitivity - The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Manual Dexterity - The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
  • Auditory Attention - The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Practice athletic or artistic skills.
  • Perform music for the public.
  • Study details of musical compositions.
  • Train others on performance techniques.
  • Audition for roles.
  • Perform for recordings.
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This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 24.3 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

Occupation statistics: USDOL U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics

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