Singers entertain by singing songs.

Specialisations: Band Singer, Chorister, Commercial Singer (Advertising), Jazz Singer, Opera Singer, Pop Singer, Rock Singer.

You need a high level of vocal skill to work as a Singer. Formal qualifications might be useful but aren't essential. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Singers.

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

Singers

  • 910 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 30% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 44 hours Average full-time
  • 40 years Average age
  • 55% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Singers (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
from 940 in 2011 to 910 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Many Singers work in New South Wales.
  • Industries: Most work in Arts and Recreation Services; Accommodation and Food Services; and Other 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 44 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: 55% 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 Services77.1
Accommodation and Food Services7.2
Other Services4.2
Education and Training2.8
Other Industries8.7

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateSingersAll Jobs Average
NSW38.631.6
VIC26.125.6
QLD21.120.0
SA5.07.0
WA6.810.8
TAS1.32.0
NT0.61.0
ACT0.41.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketSingersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-194.2-5.05.0
20-249.9-9.39.3
25-3423.4-22.922.9
35-4423.7-22.022.0
45-5421.1-21.621.6
55-595.9-9.09.0
60-645.0-6.06.0
65 and Over6.8-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: 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 QualificationSingersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate10.4-10.110.1
Bachelor degree25.1-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma14.3-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV9.2-21.121.1
Year 1224.1-18.118.1
Year 114.7-4.84.8
Year 10 and below12.2-12.512.5

You need a high level of vocal skill to work as a Singer. Formal qualifications might be useful but aren't essential. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Singers.

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.
  • You might be interested in Creative Arts and Culture VET training pathways on the AAPathways 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

    64% Skill level

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

  2. Customer and personal service

    52% Skill level

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

  3. English language

    51% Skill level

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

  4. Sales and marketing

    49% Skill level

    Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

  5. Communications and media

    47% Skill level

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

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Demands

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

  1. Face-to-face discussions

    83% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  2. Freedom to make decisions

    82% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  3. Physically close to people

    80% Important

    Work physically close to other people.

  4. Teamwork

    78% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  5. Contact with people

    76% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, 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, 27-2042.01 - Singers.

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