Musicians and singers (NOC 5133)

High opportunity occupation

About this job

This group includes musicians, singers and teachers of vocal and instrumental music. Musicians and singers:

  • perform with orchestras, choirs, opera companies and popular bands in establishments such as concert halls, lounges and theatres and in film, television and recording studios

Music teachers:

  • teach in conservatories, academies and private homes
Common job titles
  • accompanist
  • chorister
  • interpreter, musical
  • musician, back-up / session / rehearsal
  • musician, street
  • organist / church organist



  • play one or more instruments as soloists or as members of a musical group before audiences or for recording purposes

Singers perform the following duties:

  • sing musical arrangements as soloists or as members of vocal groups before audiences or for recording purposes

Teachers of music or voice:

  • teach technique, interpretation and music theory to students through private or group lessons

Special duties

Musicians and singers usually specialize in specific types of music such as classical, country, ethnic, jazz, opera or popular music.

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

At this time, career path information is not available for this occupation.

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