Musicians and singers (NOC 5133)

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, street
  • organist / church organist
  • singer
  • accompanist
  • chorister
  • interpreter, musical
  • musician, back-up / session / rehearsal
  • musician, street
  • organist / church organist

Earnings

Annual provincial median salary

$54,226

Source: 2016 Job Bank Wage data

Note:Estimated median employment income based on 2016 Job Bank median hourly wage rate (median annual salary = hourly wage rate x 40 (hours per week) x 52.14 (weeks per year))

Provincial hourly rate

  • High
  • Median
  • Low

Source: 2016 Job Bank Wage Report

Duties

Musicians:

  • 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.

Job requirements

Education, training & qualifications

  • Musical training from a university or college or through private instruction is usually required.
  • Members of orchestras and other professional classical musicians and singers usually require a university degree in music.
  • Musical talent and ability, as demonstrated during an audition, are important hiring criteria.
  • Membership in a guild or union related to the occupation or type of performance may be required.

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:
160
Average annual employment growth:
0.3%
Expected number of job openings:
40
Kootenay
Employment in 2016:
150
Average annual employment growth:
1.0%
Expected number of job openings:
50
Mainland / Southwest
Employment in 2016:
3,950
Average annual employment growth:
1.6%
Expected number of job openings:
1,590
North Coast & Nechako
Employment in 2016:
50
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Northeast
Employment in 2016:
0
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Thompson-Okanagan
Employment in 2016:
480
Average annual employment growth:
1.7%
Expected number of job openings:
220
Vancouver Island / Coast
Employment in 2016:
1,440
Average annual employment growth:
1.7%
Expected number of job openings:
640

N/A - Data not available

Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook

Career paths and resources

Career paths

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

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