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All About Singers

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

Singer Responsibilities

  • Compose songs or create vocal arrangements.
  • Sing as a soloist or as a member of a vocal group.
  • Sing a cappella or with musical accompaniment.
  • Perform before live audiences, or in television, radio, or movie productions.
  • Make or participate in recordings.
  • Memorize musical selections and routines, or sing following printed text, musical notation, or customer instructions.

Qualities of a Singer

When polled, Singers say the following skills are most frequently used in their jobs:

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

  • Cantor
  • Concert Singer
  • Country Singer
  • Vocal Artist
  • Entertainer

Job Opportunities for Singers

In 2016, there was an estimated number of 172,400 jobs in the United States for Singer. 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

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

Education needed to be a Singer:


What work experience do I need to become a Singer?


Singers Sector


Singers work in the following industries:


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