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Careers for Music: Vocal Performance Program Graduates

Common job titles

  • Actor
  • Choreographer
  • College professor
  • Composer
  • Dancer
  • Director
  • High school teacher
  • Kindergarten/elementary school teacher
  • Middle school teacher
  • Music director
  • Producer

Job outlook data

Musicians and singers held around 173,000 jobs in 2014, the last year for which data are available. Employment of musicians and singers is projected to grow 3 percent from 2014 to 2024.

Digital downloads and streaming platforms make it easier for fans to listen to recordings and view performances, which give musicians more publicity and increases interest in their work. Some musicians and singers also license their music for use in advertisements or other commercial purposes, which creates more exposure and revenue opportunities. In addition, musicians are needed to serve as session musicians and backup artists for recordings—in mediums like commercials, film and TV—and to go on tour.

Where can I work with this major?

The largest employers of vocal performance majors are:

  • Religious, nonprofit, civic and professional organizations
  • Performing arts and sports industries
  • Educational services

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Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Musicians and Singers.

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Center for Career and Professional Development
Nexus Building, Room 225
p – 516.877.3130

Students and Alumni:

Department of Music
Performing Arts Center Room 207
p – 516.877.4290