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
  • maestro
  • music adapter / arranger / orchestrator
  • music copyist
  • arranger / music arranger
  • artistic director - music / orchestra
  • band conductor / director / master
  • chansonnier
  • choir director
  • composer

Earnings

Annual provincial median salary

$20,255

Source: 2011 National Household Survey (Full-time full-year median employment income)

Provincial hourly rate

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  • Low

N/A - Data not available

Source: 2016 Job Bank Wage Report

Duties

Conductors:

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

Composers:

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

Arrangers:

  • 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.

Job requirements

Education, training & qualifications

  • A university degree in music or completion of a program at a music academy, conservatory or school of music is usually required.
  • A period of specialized study related to conducting, composing or arranging is usually required.
  • Experience as a musician is required.
  • Musical and creative talent and ability, as demonstrated by a portfolio of work, are important hiring criteria.

Skills

  • General Learning Ability
  • Motor Coordination
  • Detail-Oriented
  • Social
  • Verbal & Written Comprehension
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Education programs in B.C.

The following program areas are related to this occupation:
  • Music Related

For more information about programs offered specifically for this career, visit EducationPlannerBC.

Select a region to view regional outlook
Vancouver Island / Coast Mainland / Southwest Thompson-Okanagan Kootenay Cariboo Northeast North Coast & Nechako
Cariboo
Employment in 2016:
0
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Kootenay
Employment in 2016:
0
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Mainland / Southwest
Employment in 2016:
530
Average annual employment growth:
2.3%
Expected number of job openings:
260
North Coast & Nechako
Employment in 2016:
0
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Northeast
Employment in 2016:
0
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Thompson-Okanagan
Employment in 2016:
0
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Vancouver Island / Coast
Employment in 2016:
50
Average annual employment growth:
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Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook

Career paths and resources

Career paths

Composers often work as arrangers.

Additional resources

Additional resources are not currently available for this career.