What Can I do with a Degree in Music

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Careers Reported by Music Majors on the American Community Survey

The following list of job titles was generated from American Community Survey data. Every year, the federal government surveys 3,000,000 people. This list shows some of the most-often reported careers for people who majored in Music. Please be aware that additional education, internships, or career-related experience may be a prerequisite to some of the careers on this list. Advising & Career Services provides this list as a tool for generating ideas for exploration. To find a brief description of the following occupations, go the the Standard Occupational Classification system.

  • Musicians and Singers

  • Teachers and Instructors

  • Postsecondary Teachers

  • Elementary and Middle School Teachers

  • Secondary School Teachers

  • Managers

  • Education Administrators

  • Accountants and Auditors

  • Clergy

  • Software Developers, Applications and Systems Software

  • Chief Executives and Legislators

  • Lawyers and Judges

  • Librarians

  • Writers and Authors

  • Marketing and Sales Managers

  • Broadcast and Sound Engineering Technicians

  • Registered Nurses

  • Social Workers

  • Financial Managers

  • Entertainers and Performers

  • Counselors

  • Designers

  • Physicians and Surgeons

  • Management Analysts

  • Human Resources Workers

  • Producers and Directors

  • Computer and Information Systems Managers

  • Editors

  • Medical and Health Services Managers

  • Social and Community Service Managers

  • Artists

  • Agents and Business Managers of Artists, Performers, and Athletes

  • Computer Programmers

  • Actors

  • Web Developers

  • Public Relations Specialists

  • Human Resources Managers

  • Psychologists

  • Computer Systems Analysts

  • Network and Computer Systems Administrators

  • Fundraisers

  • Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists

  • Computer Support Specialists

  • Compliance Officers

  • Religious Workers

  • Medical and Life Scientists

  • Special Education Teachers

  • Public Relations and Fundraising Managers

  • Speech-Language Pathologists

  • Advertising and Promotions Managers

  • Pharmacists

  • Physical Scientists

  • News Analysts, Reporters and Correspondents

  • Personal Financial Advisors

  • Training and Development Specialists

  • Architects

  • Photographers

  • Operations Research Analysts

  • Archivists, Curators, and Museum Technicians

  • Nurse Practitioners and Nurse Midwives

  • Biological Scientists

  • Computer Hardware Engineers

  • Training and Development Managers

  • Industrial Production Managers

  • Financial Analysts

  • Occupational Therapists

  • Industrial Engineers

  • Television, Video, and Motion Picture Camera Operators and Editors

  • Firefighters

  • Dancers and Choreographers

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Careers Reported by Music Majors (Recent Graduates) on College/University Surveys

This is a list of jobs Music majors have chosen; it DOES NOT REPRESENT every career possibility for Music majors. This list was generated from survey data published by colleges and universities across the United States. Please be aware that internships or other career-related experience may be a prerequisite to finding professional-level employment after graduation.  Advising & Career Services provides this list only as a tool for generating ideas for exploration.

  • Analyst for an asset management firm

  • Analyst for a global management consulting firm

  • Artistic Coordinator for a symphony orchestra

  • Audio Engineer for a university school of music

  • Choir Accompanist for a school district

  • Emerging Talent Rotational Program Participant for a pharmaceutical company

  • Faculty for a music conservatory

  • Independent Musician

  • Instructor for a creative academy

  • Investment Banking Analyst for a multinational banking and financial services company

  • Investment Analyst with an energy trading company

  • Junior Software Engineer for a defense contractor

  • Lead Resident Advisor for a ballet theater school

  • Marketing Analyst for a multinational food and beverage company

  • Music Director for a music school

  • Musician for a music group

  • Musician for a studio soundware company

  • Research Analyst for a university

  • Research Assistant for a mental health nonprofit

  • Research Associate for a university

  • Schedule Coordinator for a music festival and school

  • Software Engineer with multinational technology company

  • Tax Associate for a multinational accounting firm

  • Teacher for Teach for America

  • Violin Teacher for a music school

  • Vocal Ensemble member for an opera company

  • Web Developer for a university

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Vocational Biographies

Vocational Biographies describes the career success stories of 1001 real people. Search by career title, keyword, topic, and career cluster. Username: portlandsu and password: 3W9N

  • Concert Promoter
  • Jingle Writer
  • Minister of Music
  • Music Arranger
  • Music Therapist
  • Musician
  • Musicians Promoter
  • Opera Singer
  • Orchestra Conductor
  • Piano Teacher
  • Radio Music Promoter
  • Recording Company Producer
  • School Band Director
  • Voice Teacher

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Government Classification Specifications


Classification Specifications are generic descriptions of jobs in government agencies. Generally, they provide an overview of the job and describe essential duties and responsibilities as well as requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) and educational requirements. 

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