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What is a Singer?

Singer Job Description Sing songs on stage, radio, television, or motion pictures.

List of Singer Job Duties

  • Seek out and learn new music suitable for live performance or recording.
  • Research particular roles to find out more about a character, or the time and place in which a piece is set.
  • Interpret or modify music, applying knowledge of harmony, melody, rhythm, and voice production to individualize presentations and maintain audience interest.
  • Memorize musical selections and routines, or sing following printed text, musical notation, or customer instructions.
  • Perform before live audiences, or in television, radio, or movie productions.
  • Observe choral leaders or prompters for cues or directions in vocal presentation.

Skills Needed to be a Singer

Below is a list of the skills most Singers say are important on the job.

Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Coordination: Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Social Perceptiveness: Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Types of Singer Jobs

  • Choir Member
  • Baritone
  • Singer
  • Rap Artist
  • Bass Singer

Job Demand for Singers

In the United States, there were 172,400 jobs for Singer in 2016. New jobs are being produced at a rate of 6% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 10,400 new jobs for Singer by 2026. The BLS estimates 17,800 yearly job openings in this field.


The states with the most job growth for Singer are Utah, Colorado, and Nevada. Watch out if you plan on working in Nebraska, Idaho, or Alaska. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Tools & Technologies Used by Singers

Although they’re not necessarily needed for all jobs, the following technologies are used by many Singers:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Office
  • Facebook
  • YouTube
  • SAP software
  • Avid Technology Pro Tools
  • Audacity
  • Avid Technology Sibelius
  • MakeMusic Finale
  • Apple GarageBand

How do I Become a Singer?

Individuals working as a Singer have obtained the following education levels:


What work experience do I need to become a Singer?


Where do Singers Work?


The table below shows the approximate number of Singers employed by various industries.


Similar Careers

Those who work as a Singer sometimes switch careers to one of these choices:


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