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* ELMI Occupation Profile - Music Composers and Arrangers *
 
Music Composers and Arrangers
(O*NET 27-2041.04, SOC 27-2041)
What they do
Write and transcribe musical scores.
 
Also called:
Composer, Creative Director, Film Composer, Jingle Writer, Music Arranger, Music Composer, Music Producer, Songwriter
 
 
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.
  • Computers and Electronics
    Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Customer and Personal Service
    Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • English Language
    Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Communications and Media
    Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
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Skills
People in this career often have these skills:
  • Reading Comprehension
    Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Writing
    Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • 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.
  • Coordination
    Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
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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.
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Work Styles
People in this career will do well at jobs that need:
  • Dependability
    Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Innovation
    Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
  • Attention to Detail
    Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Achievement/Effort
    Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
  • Persistence
    Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
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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
Medium Preparation Needed
  • Specific Vocational Preparation Range
    (6.0 to < 7.0) - A typical worker will require over 1 year up to and including 2 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
  11%
Master's degree or
post-BA certificate
  5%
Bachelor's degree   22%
Associate's degree   11%
Certificate or some college,
no degree
  26%
High school diploma
or equivalent
  8%
Less than high school diploma   16%
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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.
  • Originality
    The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
  • Near Vision
    The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • 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).
  • Speech Recognition
    The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
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Work Activities
In general, what you might do:
  • Thinking Creatively
    Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
  • Interacting With Computers
    Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
  • Getting Information
    Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
    Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
    Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
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Detailed Work Activities
What you might do in a day:
  • Create musical compositions, arrangements or scores.
  • Coordinate musical rehearsals or performances.
  • Collaborate with others to determine technical details of productions.
  • Study details of musical compositions.
  • Study scripts to determine project requirements.
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Tasks
On the job, you would:
  • Apply elements of music theory to create musical and tonal structures, including harmonies and melodies.
  • Use computers and synthesizers to compose, orchestrate, and arrange music.
  • Determine voices, instruments, harmonic structures, rhythms, tempos, and tone balances required to achieve the effects desired in a musical composition.
  • Experiment with different sounds, and types and pieces of music, using synthesizers and computers as necessary to test and evaluate ideas.
  • Write changes directly into compositions, or use computer software to make changes.
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