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Overview

All Music Professionals

  • $1,662 Weekly Pay
  • Stable Future Growth

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

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. While formal qualifications aren't essential, a university or Vocational Education and Training (VET) course in music may be useful.

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.

Prospects

Pathways

You need a high level of skill in your chosen musical instrument to work as a Musician. While formal qualifications aren't essential, a university or Vocational Education and Training (VET) course in music may be useful.

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

  • Course Seeker to search and compare higher education courses.
  • ComparED to compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes.
  • My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
  • AAPathways website to explore Creative Arts and Culture VET training pathways.

Skills & Knowledge

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

Filter Skills & Knowledge

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.

  6. Foreign language

    35% Skill level

    Foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.

  7. History and archeology

    34% Skill level

    Events of the past, their causes, how we learn about them, and how they influence the way we live today.

  8. Psychology

    32% Skill level

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  9. Computers and electronics

    32% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  10. Clerical

    31% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  11. Administration and management

    31% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  12. Mathematics

    31% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  13. Personnel and human resources

    30% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  14. Sales and marketing

    29% Skill level

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

  15. Philosophy and theology

    28% Skill level

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

  16. Sociology and anthropology

    28% Skill level

    Group behaviour and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.

  17. Production and processing

    25% Skill level

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  18. Therapy and counselling

    22% Skill level

    Diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and career counselling and guidance.

  19. Telecommunications

    18% Skill level

    Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

  20. Transportation

    17% Skill level

    Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Coordination with others

    52% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  2. Monitoring

    48% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  3. Social perceptiveness

    46% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  4. Active listening

    45% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  5. Critical thinking

    45% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  6. Reading comprehension

    45% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  7. Speaking

    45% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  8. Active learning

    43% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  9. Judgment and decision making

    43% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  10. Persuasion

    43% Skill level

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  11. Time management

    43% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  12. Writing

    43% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  13. Instructing

    43% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  14. Complex problem solving

    41% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  15. Serving others

    41% Skill level

    Looking for ways to help people.

  16. Learning strategies

    41% Skill level

    Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.

  17. Negotiation

    41% Skill level

    Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.

  18. Management of personnel resources

    32% Skill level

    Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.

  19. Systems analysis

    32% Skill level

    Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.

  20. Systems evaluation

    32% Skill level

    Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Hearing sensitivity

    70% Skill level

    Tell the difference between sounds.

  2. Auditory attention

    57% Skill level

    Pay attention to a certain sound when there are other distracting sounds.

  3. Oral comprehension

    57% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  4. Multilimb coordination

    57% Skill level

    Use your arms and/or legs at the same time while sitting, standing, or lying down.

  5. Oral expression

    57% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  6. Selective attention

    54% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  7. Manual dexterity

    52% Skill level

    Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.

  8. Finger dexterity

    52% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  9. Originality

    52% Skill level

    Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.

  10. Sorting or ordering

    52% Skill level

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  11. Arm-hand steadiness

    50% Skill level

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  12. Near vision

    50% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  13. Brainstorming

    46% Skill level

    Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.

  14. Problem spotting

    45% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  15. Categorising

    45% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  16. Deductive reasoning

    45% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  17. Flexibility of closure

    45% Skill level

    See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.

  18. Inductive reasoning

    45% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  19. Speech clarity

    43% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  20. Speech recognition

    43% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Working with the public

    81% Skill level

    Greeting or serving customers, clients or guests, and public speaking or performing.

  2. Building good relationships

    72% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  3. Planning and prioritising work

    70% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  4. Making decisions and solving problems

    67% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  5. Collecting and organising information

    67% Skill level

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  6. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    66% Skill level

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  7. Monitoring people, processes and things

    66% Skill level

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  8. Thinking creatively

    65% Skill level

    Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.

  9. Making sense of information and ideas

    64% Skill level

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

  10. Looking for changes over time

    64% Skill level

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  11. Communicating within a team

    61% Skill level

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  12. Doing physically active work

    61% Skill level

    Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.

  13. Assessing and evaluating things

    59% Skill level

    Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.

  14. Scheduling work and activities

    58% Skill level

    Working out the timing of events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.

  15. Researching and investigating

    55% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  16. Checking compliance with standards

    55% Skill level

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

  17. Negotiating and resolving conflicts

    53% Skill level

    Handling complaints and disagreements, and negotiating with people.

  18. Coming up with systems and processes

    50% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and figuring out what you need to do to achieve them.

  19. Leading and encouraging a team

    49% Skill level

    Encouraging and building trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.

  20. Explaining things to people

    46% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
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.

Work Environment

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.

Filter Work Environment

Demands

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

  1. Being exact or accurate

    97% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  2. Competition

    94% Important

    Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.

  3. Teamwork

    93% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  4. Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

    91% Important

    Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

  5. Contact with people

    90% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  6. Spend time sitting

    89% Important

    Spend time sitting at work.

  7. Physically close to people

    86% Important

    Work physically close to other people.

  8. Indoors, heat controlled

    85% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  9. Making repetitive motions

    84% Important

    Spend time making repetitive motions.

  10. Time pressure

    80% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  11. Repeating same tasks

    80% Important

    Repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping.

  12. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    75% Important

    Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.

  13. Electronic mail

    73% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  14. Face-to-face discussions

    71% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  15. Lead or coordinate a team

    65% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

  16. Freedom to make decisions

    65% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  17. Contact with the public

    63% Important

    Work with customers or the public.

  18. Impact of decisions

    62% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  19. Frequent decision making

    60% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  20. Unstructured work

    60% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Achievement

    76% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  2. Relationships

    76% Important

    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.

  3. Recognition

    62% Important

    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.

  4. Working conditions

    52% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  5. Independence

    38% Important

    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.

  6. Support

    29% Important

    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

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Creative

    95% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

  2. Enterprising

    57% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  3. Practical

    38% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  4. Helping

    29% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  5. Analytical

    19% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  6. Administrative

    14% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
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.

All Music Professionals

  • $1,662 Weekly Pay
  • Stable Future Growth

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

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. While formal qualifications aren't essential, a university or Vocational Education and Training (VET) course in music may be useful.

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.

You need a high level of skill in your chosen musical instrument to work as a Musician. While formal qualifications aren't essential, a university or Vocational Education and Training (VET) course in music may be useful.

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

  • Course Seeker to search and compare higher education courses.
  • ComparED to compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes.
  • My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
  • AAPathways website to explore Creative Arts and Culture VET training pathways.

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

Filter Skills & Knowledge

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.

  6. Foreign language

    35% Skill level

    Foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.

  7. History and archeology

    34% Skill level

    Events of the past, their causes, how we learn about them, and how they influence the way we live today.

  8. Psychology

    32% Skill level

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  9. Computers and electronics

    32% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  10. Clerical

    31% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  11. Administration and management

    31% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  12. Mathematics

    31% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  13. Personnel and human resources

    30% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  14. Sales and marketing

    29% Skill level

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

  15. Philosophy and theology

    28% Skill level

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

  16. Sociology and anthropology

    28% Skill level

    Group behaviour and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.

  17. Production and processing

    25% Skill level

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  18. Therapy and counselling

    22% Skill level

    Diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and career counselling and guidance.

  19. Telecommunications

    18% Skill level

    Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

  20. Transportation

    17% Skill level

    Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Coordination with others

    52% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  2. Monitoring

    48% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  3. Social perceptiveness

    46% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  4. Active listening

    45% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  5. Critical thinking

    45% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  6. Reading comprehension

    45% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  7. Speaking

    45% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  8. Active learning

    43% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  9. Judgment and decision making

    43% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  10. Persuasion

    43% Skill level

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  11. Time management

    43% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  12. Writing

    43% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  13. Instructing

    43% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  14. Complex problem solving

    41% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  15. Serving others

    41% Skill level

    Looking for ways to help people.

  16. Learning strategies

    41% Skill level

    Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.

  17. Negotiation

    41% Skill level

    Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.

  18. Management of personnel resources

    32% Skill level

    Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.

  19. Systems analysis

    32% Skill level

    Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.

  20. Systems evaluation

    32% Skill level

    Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Hearing sensitivity

    70% Skill level

    Tell the difference between sounds.

  2. Auditory attention

    57% Skill level

    Pay attention to a certain sound when there are other distracting sounds.

  3. Oral comprehension

    57% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  4. Multilimb coordination

    57% Skill level

    Use your arms and/or legs at the same time while sitting, standing, or lying down.

  5. Oral expression

    57% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  6. Selective attention

    54% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  7. Manual dexterity

    52% Skill level

    Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.

  8. Finger dexterity

    52% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  9. Originality

    52% Skill level

    Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.

  10. Sorting or ordering

    52% Skill level

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  11. Arm-hand steadiness

    50% Skill level

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  12. Near vision

    50% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  13. Brainstorming

    46% Skill level

    Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.

  14. Problem spotting

    45% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  15. Categorising

    45% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  16. Deductive reasoning

    45% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  17. Flexibility of closure

    45% Skill level

    See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.

  18. Inductive reasoning

    45% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  19. Speech clarity

    43% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  20. Speech recognition

    43% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Working with the public

    81% Skill level

    Greeting or serving customers, clients or guests, and public speaking or performing.

  2. Building good relationships

    72% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  3. Planning and prioritising work

    70% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  4. Making decisions and solving problems

    67% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  5. Collecting and organising information

    67% Skill level

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  6. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    66% Skill level

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  7. Monitoring people, processes and things

    66% Skill level

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  8. Thinking creatively

    65% Skill level

    Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.

  9. Making sense of information and ideas

    64% Skill level

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

  10. Looking for changes over time

    64% Skill level

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  11. Communicating within a team

    61% Skill level

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  12. Doing physically active work

    61% Skill level

    Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.

  13. Assessing and evaluating things

    59% Skill level

    Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.

  14. Scheduling work and activities

    58% Skill level

    Working out the timing of events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.

  15. Researching and investigating

    55% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  16. Checking compliance with standards

    55% Skill level

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

  17. Negotiating and resolving conflicts

    53% Skill level

    Handling complaints and disagreements, and negotiating with people.

  18. Coming up with systems and processes

    50% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and figuring out what you need to do to achieve them.

  19. Leading and encouraging a team

    49% Skill level

    Encouraging and building trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.

  20. Explaining things to people

    46% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
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.

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.

Filter Work Environment

Demands

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

  1. Being exact or accurate

    97% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  2. Competition

    94% Important

    Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.

  3. Teamwork

    93% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  4. Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

    91% Important

    Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

  5. Contact with people

    90% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  6. Spend time sitting

    89% Important

    Spend time sitting at work.

  7. Physically close to people

    86% Important

    Work physically close to other people.

  8. Indoors, heat controlled

    85% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  9. Making repetitive motions

    84% Important

    Spend time making repetitive motions.

  10. Time pressure

    80% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  11. Repeating same tasks

    80% Important

    Repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping.

  12. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    75% Important

    Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.

  13. Electronic mail

    73% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  14. Face-to-face discussions

    71% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  15. Lead or coordinate a team

    65% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

  16. Freedom to make decisions

    65% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  17. Contact with the public

    63% Important

    Work with customers or the public.

  18. Impact of decisions

    62% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  19. Frequent decision making

    60% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  20. Unstructured work

    60% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Achievement

    76% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  2. Relationships

    76% Important

    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.

  3. Recognition

    62% Important

    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.

  4. Working conditions

    52% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  5. Independence

    38% Important

    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.

  6. Support

    29% Important

    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

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Creative

    95% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

  2. Enterprising

    57% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  3. Practical

    38% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  4. Helping

    29% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  5. Analytical

    19% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  6. Administrative

    14% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

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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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