Careers for Music: Composition Program Graduates

Common job titles

  • Actor
  • Choreographer
  • College professor
  • Dancer
  • Director
  • High school teacher
  • Kindergarten/elementary school teacher
  • Middle school teacher
  • Musician and singer
  • Musicologist
  • Producer
  • Writer

Job outlook data

Music directors and composers held around 82,000 jobs in 2014, the last year for which data are available. Employment of music directors and composers is projected to grow 3 percent from 2014 to 2024, corresponding to rising attendance figures for musical performances such as symphonies, concerts and theater.

Composers are needed to write film scores and music for TV and commercials. Music directors are needed to lead orchestras for concerts and musical theater performances. They also conduct the music that accompanies ballet troupes and opera companies.

Where can I work with this major?

The largest employers of music composition majors are:

  • Religious, nonprofit, civic and professional organizations
  • Elementary, middle and high schools
  • Performing arts companies

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Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Music Directors and Composers.

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