Are You Thinking About A Career In Music?

Having a full time job in music is very appealing to many young people. They view their local band director as a leader in the community who apparently enjoys his/her position and is content getting up early every morning and going to work. Or, the young person sees an entertainer on TV who is doing what they enjoy and making vast sums of money doing it. Or it might be a person interested in teaching at the university level. All of these positions may be of interest to a young person but as in all professions, there are many things to consider.

In the past I have been part of several lectures geared to young people thinking of using their musical skills to put themselves through life and from this experience as well as observing the current market in music, I thought it would be helpful to do a series of posts dedicated to music as a full time occupation. Please note that I expect to have a few related posts for there are so many avenues one could take when selecting a career in music. In addition to an area, we will try to point out both the advantages as well as the disadvantages of each area.

Today’s post will give you an idea as to the huge task it will be to cover all aspects of the music business and for that reason I will open with a small portion of the possibilities of employment in the field of the music industry.

This list represents only about 10% of the actual  job openings at the present time “just in the field of the music industry on one job search site”.


A&R Scout

Advertising Music Assistant

Agent’s Assistant

Assistant Mastering Engineer

Assistant Mix Engineer

Audio Engineer

Audio Technician / Sound Technician/ Production Mixer

Band Videographer

Boom Operator

Clearance Coordinator

College Marketing Representative



Digital Licensing Administrator

Instrumentalist, Vocalist, On-Air Personality or other performance musician

Label Copy Coordinator

Marketing Assistant

Marketing Representative

Mechanical Licensing Administrator

Media Library Assistant

Merchandise Manager

Music Business Manager

Music Composer / Music Arranger

Music Librarian

Music Producer / Audio Post Production

Music Promoter / Concert Promoter

Music Publicist

Music Publisher

Music Screener

Music Teacher / Music Instructor

Music Video Producer

Personal Assistant

Private Music Instructor / Instrument Teacher

Production Coordinator

Promotion Associate

Public Relations Assistant

Record Label Salesperson

Recording Assistant

Recording Engineer / Sound Engineer

Royalty Administrator

Sequencing Programmer

Social Media Coordinator

Studio Setup Worker

Synch License Administrator

Talent Manager / Booking Manager

Vocal Artist / Recording Artist

Voice-over Artist

Bruce was a member of the faculty at the University of Northern Iowa, School of Music in Cedar Falls from 1969 until his retirement in 1999. He has performed with many well-known entertainers such as Bob Hope, Jim Nabors, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, Anita Bryant, Carman Cavalara, Victor Borgie, the Four Freshman, Blackstone the Magician, Bobby Vinton and John Davidson.