What do you want to become?
Select from these music career categories, sorted by popularity.
Performing & Writing Careers
DJ (Nightclub DJ)
Alternate Titles: DJ, Deejay, Disc Jockey
Job Description: A Club DJ plays songs at a nightclub, bar, rave, or party using vinyl records, CDs, or MP3s. The traditional DJ setup includes a mixer, two turntables, a sound system and headphones, although many now use CDJs or digital mixing software.
Salary: From getting paid in drink tickets to millions of dollars a year. $300/night is normal.
Alternate Titles: Beat Maker, Writer
Job Description: Writes and records music to be used by major artists, licensed for television or commercials, or for their own projects.
Salary: $25,000 to $1,000,000
Alternate Titles: Rocker, Frontman, Frontwoman
Job Description: A Rock Star is the performer in the band who commands the most attention onstage, plays a key part in writing the band’s songs, and serves as the group’s spokesperson.
Salary: $100k-$1 million+ per gig
Alternate Titles: Producer, Music Producer
Job Description: Record Producers guide the production of a record by coaching the musicians, advising in preproduction sessions, and directing the in-studio recording and production process.
Salary: $25,000 to $1,000,000+
Alternate Titles: Audio Engineer
Job Description: A Recording Engineer operates and sets up the recording equipment used to capture and shape the sound of an album.
Alternate Titles: Recording Assistant, Recording Studio Setup Worker
Job Description: Sets up recording booth and electronics before a recording session and also fixes and replaces equipment as necessary.
Salary: $18,000 to $25,000+
Record Industry Careers
A & R Coordinator
Alternate Titles: A&R Representative, A&R Rep, A&R Staffer, Talent Acquisition Representative
Job Description: A&R Coordinators find fresh talent for a label and oversee the completion of new albums.
Salary: $27,000 to $85,000+
A & R Administrator
Alternate Titles: Artist and Repertoire Administrator, A&R Administration Representative
Job Description: In charge of the clerical elements of the A&R Department, including maintaining the budgets for artists and bands signed to a label, and working with accounting and legal personnel.
Salary: $27,000 to $65,000+
Alternate Titles: Promotion Director, Director of Promotions
Job Description: Develops, implements and directs promotional campaigns for the record label and its artists. They work to get radio airplay and more.
Salary: $27,000 to $95,000+
Music Business Careers
Alternate Titles: Artists Representative, Manager, Band Manager
Job Description: Represents musical acts and guides all aspects of an artist’s career.
Salary: 10% to 50% of an artist’s Earnings. Most Managers receive between 10-20%.
Alternate Titles: Booking Manager, Agent, Booking Representative
Job Description: Booking Agents negotiate deals and plans tours for the artists on their roster.
Salary: $20,000 to $1,000,000+
Alternate Titles: Talent Promoter, Promoter
Job Description: A Concert Promoter will host musical artists at concerts, clubs, and events; they will also coordinate venue details.
Salary: $0 to $1,000,000+
Music Industry Touring Careers
Alternate Titles: Road Manager, Concert Tour Manager
Job Description: A Tour Manager manages transportation, scheduling, and the financial aspects of an artist’s time on the road.
Alternate Titles: Music Publicist, Publicist
Job Description: Publicizes tour information to fans and press, handles promotions and press conferences.
Salary: $30,000 to $100,000+
Facility, Arena, & Club Careers
Concert Hall Manager
Alternate Titles: Theater Manager, Arena Director, Facility Director, Director of Hall Operations
Job Description: Manages concert hall, oversees all activities and employees in venue.
Salary: $26,000 to $90,000+
Concert Hall Marketing Director
Alternate Titles: Director of Marketing, Marketing Manager
Job Description: Coordinates marketing campaigns, oversees public relations and advertising department, develops budgets.
Salary: $25,000 to $100,000+
Music Education Careers
Alternate Titles: Music Instructor
Job Description: Music Teachers provide instruction in music performance and theory. They can teach one-on-one or in a group setting. Some Teachers specialize in only one instrument, while others instruct pupils in a range of different instruments.
College, Conservatory, or University Music Teacher
Alternate Titles: Music Teacher, Professor, Instructor
Job Description: Educates in music theory, history, composition, and/or new advances.
Salary: $32,530 to $122,360
Private Instrument Teacher
Alternate Titles: Studio Teacher, Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher, Vocal Teacher, Instrument Teacher
Job Description: Instructs and teaches students how to play a specific instrument in a one-on-one or small group setting.
Salary: $30 to $120/hour
Public Relations & Advertising Careers
Alternate Titles: Press Agent, PR Person, Staff Publicist
Job Description: Creates press kits, writes press releases, and contacts media to secure coverage for artists and albums.
Salary: $25,000 to $150,000+
Alternate Titles: Writer, Journalist, Reporter, Music Critic
Job Description: Music Journalists write music criticism and music news for print, online, and broadcast media.
Public Relations Counselor
Alternate Titles: Publicist, P.R. Counselor
Job Description: Establishes an artist, company, or musical group’s image, writes press releases, assembles press kits and arranges press conferences.
Salary: $25,000 to $200,000+
Radio & Television Music Careers
Program Director (PD)
Alternate Titles: P.D., Director of Programs
Job Description: Programs radio format and DJ schedule and selects radio programs.
Salary: $27,000 to $100,000+
Radio DJ (DJ)
Alternate Titles: Radio Co-host, On Air Personality, Radio Personality, DJ
Job Description: A Radio DJ plays music on-air and discusses music, news, or other subjects on the breaks between songs.
Symphony and Orchestra Careers
Alternate Titles: Chief Conductor, Principle Conductor, Maestro, Music Director
Job Description: Conductors lead orchestras, operas, and other musical ensembles during live performances.
Alternate Titles: Section Leader, 1st Violinist
Job Description: Leads an entire section of the orchestra, performs solos, tunes their section of the orchestra.
Salary: $95,000 to $517,000+
Alternate Titles: Principal Player
Job Description: Leads a section of the orchestra, sometimes supervises rehearsals with the section, and assigns parts to musicians.
Salary: $28,000 to $143,000+
Church Music Careers
Alternate Titles: Music Director, Minister of Music, Administrator of Music Program
Job Description: Coordinates church choir, recruits singers, develops and trains musical talents, plans choir budget.
Salary: $20,000 to $42,000
Music Health Careers
Job Description: A Music Therapist works with clients to improve any issues with their emotional, physical, cognitive and social wellbeing through the use of music lessons, sing-a-longs, etc.
Job Description: Works with patients to help them recover from vocal damage and to make positive lifestyle and/or vocal behavior changes.
Salary: $44,940 to $110,000+
Music Industry Merchandising Careers
Music Store Manager
Alternate Titles: Store Manager, Music Department Manager, Instrument Manager
Job Description: Manages music shop or music department, buys/sells instruments and equipment.
Salary: $27,000 to $48,000+
Music Store Salesperson
Alternate Titles: Music Store Salesman
Job Description: Educates consumers on new products and informs on product features, sells music accessories, instruments, supplies and more.
Salary: $13,000 to $50,000+
Record Store Manager
Alternate Titles: Store Manager, Music Department Manager
Job Description: Manages day-to-day operations, supervises workers, and opens and closes the store.
Salary: $24,000 to $48,000+
Instrument Work & Development
Musical Instrument Builder/Designer
Alternate Titles: Instrument Craftsman, Custom Instrument Builder, Instrument Builder/Designer, Instrument Maker, Luthier
Job Description: Designs and builds instruments, either to be sold at their own shop or for a large instrument manufacturer.
Salary: $15,000 to $65,000+
Instrument Repair and Restoration Specialist
Alternate Titles: Instrument Repair Expert, Instrument Restoration
Job Description: Repairs/Restores musical equipment that is broken, scratched, or is not working.
Salary: $9 to $55+ an hour
Other Music Careers
Alternate Titles: Cultural Anthropologist, Musicologist, Cultural Analyst, Folklorist
Job Description: Study social and cultural aspects of music and dance in local and global context. Document and research.
Salary: $30,000 to $90,000+
Job Description: Choreographers create and teach dances to dancers to perform on stage during concert tours, theatrical performances, or film/TV projects.
Alternate Titles: Bodyguard, Executive Protection Professional, Close Protection Officer, Security Guard
Job Description: Celebrity Bodyguards keep clients safe and happy. They must assess and deter possible threats from stalkers, paparazzi, and even ex-boyfriends (!) while also ensuring that the celebrity is relaxed and receives a high standard of service.
Salary: $25,000 to $500,000+