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Career and Education Opportunities for Musicians in New Jersey

New Jersey has a population of 8,707,739, which has grown by 3.49% over the past 10 years. Nicknamed the "Garden State," its capital is Trenton, though its most populous city is Newark.

About 2,100 people are currently employed as musicians in New Jersey. By 2016, this is expected to grow by 12% to about 2,300 people employed. This is better than the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for musicians are expected to grow by about 7.6%. In general, musicians 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 $50,510 per year in New Jersey, and an average of $19 per hour or $40,353 per year nationwide. Incomes for musicians are not quite as good as in the overall category of Musical Entertainment in New Jersey, and better than the overall Musical Entertainment category nationally. Musicians work in a variety of jobs, including: bassoonist, bugler, and drummer.

In 2008, there were a total of 5,176,293 jobs in New Jersey. The average annual income was $51,473 in 2008, up from $50,364 in 2007. The unemployment rate in New Jersey was 9.2% in 2009, which has grown by 3.7% since the previous year. Approximately 29.8% of New Jersey residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in New Jersey include wholesale trade, durable goods merchant wholesalers, and drugs' sundries merchant wholesalers. Notable tourist attractions include the Smithsonian Institution, the New Jersey Historical Society, and the A P Personal Limo.

CITIES WITH Musician OPPORTUNITIES IN New Jersey


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 Jersey 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.
  • Choreographer. Create and teach dance. May direct and stage presentations.
  • Dancer. Perform dances. May also sing or act.
  • 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 Jersey

New Jersey
New Jersey photo by Derek Jensen

New Jersey has a population of 8,707,739, which has grown by 3.49% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Garden State," its capital is Trenton, though its most populous city is Newark. In 2008, there were a total of 5,176,293 jobs in New Jersey. The average annual income was $51,473 in 2008, up from $50,364 the previous year. The unemployment rate in New Jersey was 9.2% in 2009, which has grown by 3.7% since the previous year. Roughly 29.8% of New Jersey residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in New Jersey include wholesale trade, durable goods merchant wholesalers, and drugs' sundries merchant wholesalers. Notable tourist attractions include the Morris Museum, the New Jersey Historical Society, and the A P Personal Limo.