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Career Paths & Job Market

Please see the Bureau of Labor Statistics for detailed information about job trends and median expected salaries for musicians.

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Career Paths

Music Education

Early, Middle, and High School Music Educator; Band, Chorus and Orchestra Teacher; College Music Educator; University Music School Administrator; Studio Teacher

Musical Performer

Instrumental: Armed Forces, Orchestra, Small Ensemble, Popular Music, or Radio/Film/TV
Vocal: Choral, Opera, Musicals, Popular Music, Radio/Film/TV Performer

Music for Worship

Organist, Choral Director, Cantor

Music Business

Sales, Marketing, Retail, A&R, Music License Administrator, Program Director

Musical Instruments

Music Maker, Technician or Piano Tuner


Choral, Orchestra, Opera, Institutional or Small Ensemble Director


Composer, Song Writer, Arranger

Music Therapy

(can practice in various settings)
Hospitals, Special Education Facility, Clinic for Disabled Children, Nursing Home, Mental Health Facility, Correctional Facility, Private Practice, or Music Psychologist

Music Technology

Sound Engineer, Sound Designer, Recording Engineer, Recording Studio Executive, Computer Music Software Developer, Film Sound Crew, Music Producer, Post Production Engineer

Music Librarian

College, Public Library, Orchestra Library

Music Publishing

Music Editor, Music Typesetter, Sales Representative, Licensing Administrator, Publisher


Music Book Publisher, Music Book Writer, Music Periodical Publisher, Periodical Article Writer, Music Reporter (Critic), Public Relations Specialist

Transferring to a Four-Year College

The following are Massachusetts state colleges that offer a four-year music degree:

The following are Massachusetts private colleges that offer a four-year music degree:

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