Musicians and Singers

(NOC 5133)


These comments cover the grouping of Performing and Creative Artists, which includes Musicians and Singers.

Job opportunities will result mainly from the relatively high turnover rate in this occupation. Although the positions for teachers and salaried musicians are quite stable, the number of musicians and singers who leave this occupation because of job insecurity is nevertheless high. Other jobs will also become available because of the need to replace musicians and singers who will be retiring and, to a far lesser extent, from employment increase.

Like many other occupations in the arts, multiple employment is common. In fact, many people hold a variety of jobs during quiet periods, and their income from activities in this occupation alone is often not enough to make ends meet. Finally, some musicians and singers will leave this occupation for other occupations in the arts, such as administrative positions, or to become producers (NOC 5131), arrangers, composers and conductors (NOC 5132), or managers in the performing arts (NOC 0512). People who have the right training can also access jobs as college instructors (NOC 4131) or university professors (NOC 4121). Note also that multiple employment is frequent within the occupation as well. For example, a salaried musician for an orchestra may also work as a freelance musician for receptions or shows, and teach music privately or at a school.

Job Seekers: 36,946
Job Openings: 44,789

Job prospects for this career are rated Good

Last Updated: May 20, 2012