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Career and Education Opportunities for Musicians in New York

New York has a population of 19,541,453, which has grown by 2.98% over the past 10 years. Nicknamed the "Empire State," its capital is Albany, though its biggest city is New York.

About 16,510 people are currently employed as musicians in New York. By 2016, this is expected to grow 6% to 17,450 people employed. This is not quite as good as the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for musicians are expected to grow by about 7.6%. 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 $43,636 per year in New York, and an average of $19 per hour or $40,353 per year nationwide. Compared with people working in the overall category of Musical Entertainment, people working as musicians in New York earn less. They earn more than people working in the overall category of Musical Entertainment nationally. Musicians work in a variety of jobs, including: organist, guitarist, and bull fiddle player.

In 2008, there were a total of 11,289,001 jobs in New York. The average annual income was $48,809 in 2008, up from $47,628 the preceding year. The unemployment rate in New York was 8.4% in 2009, which has grown by 3.1% since the previous year. About 27.4% of New York residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in New York include securities contracts intermediation, investment banking dealing, and apparel, piece goods, and notions merchant wholesalers. Notable tourist destinations include the Abigail Adams Smith Museum, the 122nd St LLC, and the Children's Museum of Manhattan.

CITIES WITH Musician OPPORTUNITIES IN New York


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 York 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 York

New York
New York photo by William Warby

New York has a population of 19,541,453, which has grown by 2.98% over the past 10 years. Nicknamed the "Empire State," its capital is Albany, though its most populous city is New York. In 2008, there were a total of 11,289,001 jobs in New York. The average annual income was $48,809 in 2008, up from $47,628 the preceding year. The unemployment rate in New York was 8.4% in 2009, which has grown by 3.1% since the previous year. Approximately 27.4% of New York residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in New York include securities contracts intermediation, investment banking dealing, and apparel, piece goods, and notions merchant wholesalers. Notable tourist attractions include the Abigail Adams Smith Museum, the Asian American Arts Centre, and the Anthology Film Archives Administration.