Musicians entertain by playing one or more musical instruments.

Specialisations: Drummer, Guitarist, Pianist, Violinist.

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

Tasks

  • Studies and rehearses repertoire and musical scores prior to performances.
  • Plays music in recitals, as an accompanist, or as a member of an orchestra, band or other musical group, from score and by memory.
  • Performs music and songs according to interpretation, direction and style of presentation, using highly developed aural skills to reproduce music.

All Music Professionals

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

Musicians

  • 6,300 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 30% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 46 hours Average full-time
  • 40 years Average age
  • 25% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Musicians (in their main job) grew moderately over 5 years:
from 6,000 in 2011 to 6,300 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a small occupation.
  • Location: Musicians work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Arts and Recreation Services; Education and Training; and Accommodation and Food Services.
  • Full-time: Less than half work full-time (30%, less than the average of 66%), showing there are many opportunities to work part-time.
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 46 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 40 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 25% 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)
Arts and Recreation Services69.6
Education and Training12.3
Accommodation and Food Services6.0
Public Administration and Safety5.5
Other Industries6.6

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.
StateMusiciansAll Jobs Average
NSW37.431.6
VIC25.725.6
QLD18.320.0
SA6.47.0
WA7.810.8
TAS2.32.0
NT0.41.0
ACT1.71.9

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 BracketMusiciansAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-193.0-5.05.0
20-249.8-9.39.3
25-3425.5-22.922.9
35-4422.5-22.022.0
45-5418.6-21.621.6
55-598.0-9.09.0
60-645.8-6.06.0
65 and Over6.8-4.24.2

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 QualificationMusiciansAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate14.0-10.110.1
Bachelor degree31.9-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma11.2-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV8.2-21.121.1
Year 1224.1-18.118.1
Year 113.8-4.84.8
Year 10 and below6.8-12.512.5

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

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

Thinking about study or training?

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

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  • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
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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

    90% Skill level

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

  2. English Language

    49% Skill level

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

  3. Education and Training

    46% Skill level

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

  4. Customer and Personal Service

    41% Skill level

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

  5. Communications and Media

    37% Skill level

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

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  1. Being Exact or Accurate

    97% Important

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  2. Level of Competition

    94% Important

    To what extent does this job require the worker to compete or to be aware of competitive pressures?

  3. Work With Work Group or Team

    93% Important

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

  4. Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel

    91% Important

    How much time do you spend using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls?

  5. Contact With Others

    90% Important

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

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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, 27-2042.02 - Musicians, Instrumental.

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