SOC: 27-2042.01


Sing songs on stage, radio, television, or motion pictures.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
173,300 employed

Projected (2024):
179,300 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Alto Singer
  • Baritone
  • Bass Singer
  • Cantor
  • Choir Member
  • Choir Singer
  • Concert Singer
  • Country Singer
  • Entertainer
  • Gospel Singer
  • Jazz Musician
  • Music Artist
  • Musician
  • Opera Singer
  • Rap Artist
  • Rapper
  • Recording Artist
  • Rock Star
  • Singer
  • Singer Songwriter
  • Singing Messenger
  • Singing Telegram Performer
  • Tenor
  • Vocal Artist
  • Vocal Performer
  • Vocalist

  • Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed


    Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.


    These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Fine Arts
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • Memorize musical selections and routines, or sing following printed text, musical notation, or customer instructions.
  • Sing as a soloist or as a member of a vocal group.
  • Perform before live audiences, or in television, radio, or movie productions.
  • Interpret or modify music, applying knowledge of harmony, melody, rhythm, and voice production to individualize presentations and maintain audience interest.
  • Practice singing exercises and study with vocal coaches to develop voice and skills and to rehearse for upcoming roles.
  • Sing a cappella or with musical accompaniment.
  • Observe choral leaders or prompters for cues or directions in vocal presentation.
  • Make or participate in recordings.
  • Seek out and learn new music suitable for live performance or recording.
  • Compose songs or create vocal arrangements.
  • Collaborate with a manager or agent who handles administrative details, finds work, and negotiates contracts.
  • Learn acting, dancing, and other skills required for dramatic singing roles.
  • Research particular roles to find out more about a character, or the time and place in which a piece is set.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Audio equalizers
  • Compact disk CD players
  • Compact disk CD trainers
  • Effects pedals
  • Effects racks
  • In-ear monitors IEM
  • Karaoke machines
  • Laptop computers
  • Live microphones
  • Loudspeaker systems
  • Microphone stands
  • Monitor microphones
  • MP3 trainers
  • Personal computers
  • Sound mixers
  • Studio microphones
  • Tablet computers
  • Universal serial bus USB microphones
  • Vocal processors
  • Wireless microphones
  • Acoustica Mixcraft
  • Apple GarageBand
  • Audacity
  • Avid Technology Pro Tools
  • Avid Technology Sibelius
  • Cantovation Sing & See
  • MakeMusic Finale software
  • Singing Success

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    industry stats

    SOC: 27-0000

    Total Employed: 1,843,600

    Average Annual Salary: $56,980