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* ELMI Occupation Profile - Music Directors *
 
Music Directors
(O*NET 27-2041.01, SOC 27-2041)
What they do
Direct and conduct instrumental or vocal performances by musical groups, such as orchestras or choirs.
 
Also called:
Artistic Director, Children's Choir Director, Choir Director, Conductor, Handbell Choir Director, Liturgical Music Director, Music Director, Music Minister, Music Ministries Director, Orchestra Director
 
 
Wages
Music Directors and Composers*
Vermont - 2020
Percentile1HourlyYearly
10% $ 21.33   $44,360  
25% $ 24.99   $51,970  
Median $ 29.39   $61,130  
75% $ 35.70   $74,250  
90% $ 54.30   $112,940  
 
Average $ 31.91   $66,370  
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Industries of Employment
Music Directors and Composers*
United States - 2018
IndustryPercent of total
  • Religious, grantmaking, civic, professional, and similar organizations
59%
  • Self-employed workers
28%
  • Educational services; state, local, and private
6%
  • Performing arts, spectator sports, and related industries
5%
  • Motion picture and sound recording industries
1%
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Knowledge
People in this career often know a lot about:
  • Fine Arts
    Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.
  • English Language
    Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Education and Training
    Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • Philosophy and Theology
    Knowledge of different philosophical systems and religions. This includes their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and their impact on human culture.
  • Administration and Management
    Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
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Skills
People in this career often have these skills:
  • Instructing
    Teaching others how to do something.
  • Active Listening
    Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Critical Thinking
    Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Judgment and Decision Making
    Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Speaking
    Talking to others to convey information effectively.
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Interests
People in this career often prefer these work environments:
  • Artistic
    Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
  • Enterprising
    Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
  • Social
    Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
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Work Styles
People in this career will do well at jobs that need:
  • Integrity
    Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Concern for Others
    Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
  • Cooperation
    Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Dependability
    Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Leadership
    Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
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Projected Employment
Music Directors and Composers*
 Vermont
2018 employment 83
2028 employment 78
Annual percent change
(compounded)
-0.6%
Annual projected job openings
(due to change and separations)
10
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Education and Experience:
Music Directors and Composers*
  • Typical education needed for entry
    Bachelor's degree
  • Work experience in a related occupation
    Less than 5 years
  • Typical on-the-job training needed to attain competency
    None
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Job Zone
Considerable Preparation Needed
  • Specific Vocational Preparation Range
    (7.0 to < 8.0) - A typical worker will require over 2 years up to and including 4 years of training to achieve average performance in this occupation.
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Education Level
How much education do most people in this career have?
Education level Percent of
U.S. Workers
Doctoral or professional degree
or post-MA certificate
  37%
Master's degree or
post-BA certificate
  23%
Bachelor's degree   32%
Associate's degree   7%
Certificate or some college,
no degree
  0%
High school diploma
or equivalent
  1%
Less than high school diploma   0%
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Abilities
People in this career often have talent in:
  • Hearing Sensitivity
    The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
  • Oral Comprehension
    The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression
    The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Auditory Attention
    The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
  • Fluency of Ideas
    The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
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Work Activities
In general, what you might do:
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
    Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
  • Thinking Creatively
    Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
  • Getting Information
    Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
    Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
    Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
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Detailed Work Activities
What you might do in a day:
  • Coordinate musical rehearsals or performances.
  • Study details of musical compositions.
  • Determine presentation subjects or content.
  • Select staff, team members, or performers.
  • Audition or interview potential performers or staff members.
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Tasks
On the job, you would:
  • Use gestures to shape the music being played, communicating desired tempo, phrasing, tone, color, pitch, volume, and other performance aspects.
  • Direct groups at rehearsals and live or recorded performances to achieve desired effects such as tonal and harmonic balance dynamics, rhythm, and tempo.
  • Study scores to learn the music in detail, and to develop interpretations.
  • Consider such factors as ensemble size and abilities, availability of scores, and the need for musical variety, to select music to be performed.
  • Audition and select performers for musical presentations.
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