Many aspiring artists are hesitant to take a step toward audio engineering school because they often wonder, “What can you do with a music degree?” Or where do you go next? Are the opportunities really there?
The audio engineering college tool, Music School Central asserts that there are over 70 lucrative careers someone can pursue with their degree in music!
Some jobs on the market require functional knowledge beyond just the creation of music. These careers require a combination of skills (this is where your double major can come in handy)—ie: the supplementing Psyche degree for a career in music therapy; or a marketing degree for a career in writing commercial jingles.
But while these second majors are nice to have, they are of course not always required to get a foot in the door.
Some of these careers for music college students are entry level, others are a few rungs up the ladder. Below we will discuss some of the likely possibilities for employment for students after Music College and provide tips for how to get hired.
Do Music Grads Really Get Hired?
A recent study conducted by the University of Indiana looked into what percentage of Music College graduates with performance degrees and music education degrees found employment after school. The study showed that 50% of performance majors found employment relevant to their major within several months after graduation. Additionally, nearly 75% of music education majors found employment pertinent to their majors within several months after graduation. So do not worry, yes it is possible!
The annual income reported by both of these music majors entering the job market generally ranged from $20,000 to $60,000 per year. These percentages for how quickly music college alumni were able to find work was comparable to students graduating from other majors. You may have your moment to shine and show em what you’ve got
Become part of teams that encourage creativity, imagination, and connectedness to the field
What Jobs Are Available?
Seeking to rise up the ranks for an elite position in a prestigious orchestra or a coveted teaching job at one of the great music schools—often require a bit of experience under your belt. With these jobs, you can be sure that you’ll have some hands on time with audio work in addition to your music college degree to bolster your attractiveness on your resume. These are some of the best tangible example of how music education majors can apply to real careers, some are conventional staples for audio engineering, while some slightly think outside the box, using music to deal with fairly nonmusical fields.
We won’t list all 70 here, but we’ll include some stand-outs to give you a general idea of the variety of career paths available for study:
Administrator, Agent, Technique instructor, App Development, Arrangement, Audio Engineer, Music Blogger, Broadcast, Chamber Musician, Music Therapy,
The annual income reported by both of these music majors entering the job market generally ranged from $20,000 to $60,000 per year.
What Are Employers Looking For?
A 2013 survey of employers in many of these music fields compiled the most sought after traits from music students looking to enter the job market. We list the bulk of the desired competencies below:
Communication, interpersonal, and problem solving skills
- employers want people who are problem solvers, can give a presentation smoothly, and can sell.
Computer and Media skills.
- if you can’t use a computer, you can’t make 21st century music
Show Integrity and Character
- you are expected to always perform with a professional attitude and be a team player
Posses Knowledge of Industry, Practice
- you must demonstrate you are aware of a company’s mission and their goals for a certain project. Always treat yourself and others with respect
Create a Career portfolio and resume
- always have your resume and career portfolio up to date and ready to present at a moment’s notice. Your career portfolio lets you organize your career experience and highlights important areas of your competencies