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Music Professionals write, arrange, orchestrate, conduct and perform musical compositions.
Writes new and rearranges existing musical compositions such as songs, operas, symphonies, musical scores and advertising jingles.
Specialisations: Music Arranger, Songwriter
Conducts choirs, orchestras, bands, ensembles, opera companies and musical performances.
Specialisations: Band Leader, Choral Director, Orchestra Conductor
Entertains by playing one or more musical instruments.
Specialisations: Drummer, Guitarist, Pianist, Violinist
Entertains by singing songs.
Specialisations: Band Singer, Chorister, Commercial Singer (Advertising), Jazz Singer, Opera Singer, Pop Singer, Rock Singer
Includes Music Copyist, Music Researcher, Musicologist
Earnings are for full-time workers before tax, excluding superannuation. Earnings are a guide only and can vary greatly.
Likely change in the number of jobs over the next 5 years, based on the Department of Jobs and Small Business projections.
Skill Level is the education or training usually needed to do well in this job. Relevant experience is sometimes viewed just as highly.
Employment Size is the number of people who work in this job in Australia.
An above average unemployment rate shows people who do this job are more likely to be out of work than people who do other jobs.
Full-time workers usually work 35 hours or more a week (in all their jobs combined).
This is a small occupation employing 8,700 workers. The number of workers has fallen over the past 5 years. Over the next 5 years (to May 2022) the number of workers is expected to fall to 8,100. Around 5,000 job openings are likely over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created.
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A skill level equal to a Bachelor Degree or higher, or at least 5 years of relevant experience is usually needed. High levels of creative talent or personal commitment and interest are also important.
If you are interested in this style of work, there are a wide range of training options available that could lead to this or a similar job. The pathway that is right for you will depend on your skills and interests.
It is a good idea to speak to industry bodies, employers, and workers to learn more about the skills and qualifications you will need.
Employers look for Music Professionals who have strong interpersonal skills, can communicate well with diverse audiences and work independently.
The topics, subjects, or knowledge areas workers rate as most important are shown below.
Compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Teaching and course design.
Customer and personal services. This includes understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
Foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.
Skills can be improved through training or experience. The skills workers rate as most important are shown below.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
Changing what is done based on other people's actions.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.
Keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements.
The physical and social abilities workers rate as the most important are shown below.
Tell the difference between sounds
Keep your hand or arm steady.
Pay attention to a certain sound when there are other distracting sounds.
Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
Listen to and understand what people say.
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Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.
The work activities workers rate as most important are shown below.
Performing for, or speaking with, the public. This includes speaking on television, serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.
Building and keeping constructive and cooperative working relationships with others.
Comparing objects, actions, or events, looking for differences between them or changes over time.
Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.
How important is being very exact or highly accurate?
To what extent does this job require the worker to compete or to be aware of competitive pressures?
How important is it to work with others in a group or team?
How much time do you spend using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls?
How much do you have contact with people (face-to-face, by telephone, or any other way)?
Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.
Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.
Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.
Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.
Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants, animals, and materials like wood, tools, and machinery.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.
Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.