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Career and Education Opportunities for Musicians in New Hampshire

New Hampshire has a population of 1,324,575, which has grown by 7.18% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Granite State," its capital is Concord, though its largest city is Manchester.

About 470 people are currently employed as musicians in New Hampshire. By 2016, this is expected to grow 14% to about 530 people employed. This is better than the national trend for musicians, which sees this job pool growing by about 7.6% over the next eight years. Musicians generally play one or more musical instruments in recital, in accompaniment, or as members of an orchestra, band, or other musical group.

The average wage in the general category of Musical Entertainment jobs is $20 per hour or $41,170 per year in New Hampshire, and an average of $19 per hour or $40,353 per year nationwide. Jobs in this field include: bugler, cellist, and clarinetist.

In 2008, there were a total of 857,040 jobs in New Hampshire. The average annual income was $43,423 in 2008, up from $42,665 the preceding year. The unemployment rate in New Hampshire was 6.3% in 2009, which has grown by 2.4% since the previous year. Roughly 28.7% of New Hampshire residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in New Hampshire include retail trade, motor vehicle dealers, and automobile dealers. Notable tourist attractions include the See, the Queen City Speedway, and the Currier Museum of Art.

CITIES WITH Musician OPPORTUNITIES IN New Hampshire


JOB DESCRIPTION: Musician

Musician video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, musicians play one or more musical instruments in recital, in accompaniment, or as members of an orchestra, band, or other musical group.

Every day, musicians are expected to be able to note differences between sounds as they change tone and volume. It is also important that they listen to and understand others in meetings.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in New Hampshire include:

  • Actor. Play parts in stage, television, or motion picture productions for entertainment, information, or instruction. Interpret serious or comic role by speech, gesture, and body movement to entertain or inform audience. May dance and sing.
  • Director. Interpret script, conduct rehearsals, and direct activities of cast and technical crew for stage, motion pictures, or radio programs.
  • Film or Videotape Editor. Edit motion picture soundtracks, film, and video.
  • Music Composer. Write and transcribe musical scores.
  • Music Director. Direct and conduct instrumental or vocal performances by musical groups.
  • Photographer. Photograph persons, subjects, or other commercial products. May develop negatives and produce finished prints.
  • Singer. Sing songs on stage, radio, or motion pictures.

LOCATION INFORMATION: New Hampshire

New Hampshire
New Hampshire photo by JohnJHenderson

New Hampshire has a population of 1,324,575, which has grown by 7.18% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Granite State," its capital is Concord, though its biggest city is Manchester. In 2008, there were a total of 857,040 jobs in New Hampshire. The average annual income was $43,423 in 2008, up from $42,665 the previous year. The unemployment rate in New Hampshire was 6.3% in 2009, which has grown by 2.4% since the previous year. Approximately 28.7% of New Hampshire residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in New Hampshire include retail trade, motor vehicle dealers, and automobile dealers. Notable tourist attractions include the Tri, the Queen City Speedway, and the See.