Conductors, composers and arrangers (NOC 5132)

About this job

This group includes those who conduct bands and orchestras, compose musical works and arrange instrumental and vocal compositions.

People in this occupational group:

  • work for symphony and chamber orchestras, bands, choirs, sound recording companies, orchestras for ballet and opera performances
  • may be self-employed
Common job titles
  • arranger / music arranger
  • artistic director - music / orchestra
  • band conductor / director / master
  • chansonnier
  • choir director
  • composer



  • select and interpret musical works
  • lead bands, orchestras and choirs during rehearsals and performances


  • create musical compositions such as television and film scores, theme music, songs, symphonies and music for interactive products such as video games


  • adapt and modify musical compositions to convey desired themes and to suit particular instrumental and vocal performances

Special duties

Conductors, composers and arrangers usually specialize in a particular type of music such as classical, country, jazz or popular.

Work environment

Key aspects of the work in this occupation:

  • Work usually takes place in an indoor setting, but can also takes place outdoors in varied weather conditions.
  • Workers may be exposed to sounds loud enough to affect hearing.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

Composers often work as arrangers.

Additional resources

Additional resources are not currently available for this career.