Music Directors conduct choirs, orchestras, bands, ensembles, opera companies, and musical performances.

Specialisations: Band Leader, Choral Director, Orchestra Conductor.

You need a high level of skill in your chosen musical field to work as a Music Director. Formal qualifications might be useful but aren't essential. Music Directors often have university qualifications.

Tasks

  • Auditions and selects musicians and singers.
  • Selects music for performances and assigns instrumental parts to musicians.
  • Directs musical groups at rehearsals and performances to achieve desired effects such as tonal and harmonic balance, rhythm and tempo.

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All Music Professionals

  • $1,662 Weekly Pay
  • Stable Future Growth
  • Average unemployment Unemployment

Music Directors

  • 500 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 58% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 48 hours Average full-time
  • 45 years Average age
  • 40% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Music Directors (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years:
from 390 in 2011 to 500 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Music Directors work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Education and Training; Arts and Recreation Services; and Other Services.
  • Full-time: More than half work full-time (58%, similar to the average of 66%), but there are many opportunities to work part-time.
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 48 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 45 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (52%).
  • Gender: 40% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Education and Training44.8
Arts and Recreation Services27.8
Other Services16.0
Public Administration and Safety3.9
Other Industries7.5

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateMusic DirectorsAll Jobs Average
NSW34.631.6
VIC30.525.6
QLD13.920.0
SA9.67.0
WA6.710.8
TAS2.02.0
NT0.01.0
ACT2.81.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketMusic DirectorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.6-5.05.0
20-244.4-9.39.3
25-3419.4-22.922.9
35-4423.6-22.022.0
45-5427.2-21.621.6
55-5910.8-9.09.0
60-646.6-6.06.0
65 and Over7.4-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationMusic DirectorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate28.3-10.110.1
Bachelor degree46.2-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma8.7-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV3.7-21.121.1
Year 129.4-18.118.1
Year 110.7-4.84.8
Year 10 and below3.1-12.512.5

You need a high level of skill in your chosen musical field to work as a Music Director. Formal qualifications might be useful but aren't essential. Music Directors often have university qualifications.

Membership with the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance may be useful.

Thinking about study or training?

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Employers look for Music Professionals who have strong interpersonal skills, can communicate well with diverse audiences and work independently.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Fine Arts

    84% Skill level

    Compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.

  2. Education and Training

    78% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  3. Philosophy and Theology

    63% Skill level

    Philosophical systems and religions, including their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and impact on society.

  4. Customer and Personal Service

    59% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  5. English Language

    57% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Work With Work Group or Team

    92% Important

    How important is it to work with others in a group or team?

  2. Contact With Others

    90% Important

    How much do you have contact with people (face-to-face, by telephone, or any other way)?

  3. Freedom to Make Decisions

    89% Important

    How much freedom do you have to make decision on your own?

  4. Structured versus Unstructured Work

    86% Important

    How much freedom do you have to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals?

  5. Face-to-Face Discussions

    81% Important

    How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 27-2041.01 - Music Directors.

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