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What Does it Take to Be a Singer?

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

List of Singer Job Duties

  • Observe choral leaders or prompters for cues or directions in vocal presentation.
  • Sing as a soloist or as a member of a vocal group.
  • Compose songs or create vocal arrangements.
  • Memorize musical selections and routines, or sing following printed text, musical notation, or customer instructions.
  • Seek out and learn new music suitable for live performance or recording.
  • Collaborate with a manager or agent who handles administrative details, finds work, and negotiates contracts.

Qualities of 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.

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Is There Going to be Demand for Singers?

There were about 172,400 jobs for Singer in 2016 (in the United States). 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. There will be an estimated 17,800 positions for Singer per year.


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.

What Tools do Singers Use?

Below is a list of the types of tools and technologies that Singers may use on a daily basis:

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

Becoming a Singer

What education or degrees do I need to become a Singer?


How Long Does it Take to Become a Singer?


Where Singers Are Employed


Below are examples of industries where Singers work:


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