Career Possibilities

The following is a list of some career possibilities that students in these majors might find rewarding. Remember, that your major does not necessarily determine your career. Graduates use their academic majors in a variety of professional fields. The options below can be used as a starting point to explore potential career paths, however, you may also want to investigate more using recommended resources to gain a more comprehensive list of careers. Keep in mind that additional education, training, and experiential education beyond your major may be needed to pursue these possibilities.

ACQUIRED SKILLS

  • Musical expression
  • Ability to analyze musical works
  • Ability to concentrate intensely
  • Ability to listen introspectively
  • Time management skills
  • Ability to identify chords by sight and ear
  • Ability to read musical traditions worldwide
  • Ability to be flexible/adaptable
  • Ability to accept criticism
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Self-motivation
  • Creativity
  • Patience
  • Problem-solving skills

CAREER TITLES

  • Arranger
  • Artist & Repertoire Person
  • Audio Technician
  • Booking Agent/Manager
  • Composer
  • Conductor
  • Disc Jockey
  • Editor
  • Engineer/Mixer
  • Film Music Director/Editor
  • Foley Artist
  • Live Sound Design/Engineering
  • Lyricist
  • Manager
  • Music Attorney
  • Music Librarian
  • Musical Performer
  • Music Publisher
  • Music Software Programmer
  • Music Shop Manager
  • Music Teacher
  • Promoter
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Publicist
  • Recording Engineer
  • Recording Mixer
  • Recording Director
  • Recording Studio Manager
  • Recording Technician
  • Songwriter
  • Sound Editor
  • Sound Engineer
  • Sound System Design/Engineering
  • Sound Technician
  • Synthesizer Specialist
  • Writer/Music Journalist

TYPES OF ORGANIZATIONS THAT HIRE

  • Television/radio/film
  • Media/entertainment companies
  • Music publishers
  • Performing arts venues
  • Production companies
  • Recording studios
  • Record labels
  • Theaters
  • Colleges/universities/schools  
  • Computer hardware/software companies

CAREER INFORMATION AND PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION LINKS

www.ascap.com - The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
www.afm.org -American Federation of Musicians of the U.S. and Canada
www.grammy365.com - National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences
www.aes.org - Audio Engineering Society
www.spars.com - Society of Professional Audio Recording Studios
www.composers.com - American Composers Alliance
www.songwritersguild.com - Songwriters Guild of America
www.dramatistsguild.com - Professional association for playwrights, composers & lyricists
www.amc.net - American Music Center
www.americanorchestras.org - League of American Orchestras
www.bmi.com - Broadcast Music Inc.
www.amc-music.com - American Music Conference
www.musicalamerica.com - Subscriber-based and free information industry news and resources
www.filmmusicsociety.org - The Film Music Society
www.ampnow.com - Association of Music Producers
www.ams-net.org - American Musicological Society
www.computermusic.org - International Computer Music Association
www.recordproduction.com - Free site to help and promote new and established talent.
www.careersinmusic.com - Information on music careers
www.artistshousemusic.org  - Helping musicians and music entrepreneurs create sustainable careers
www.artswestchester.org – A guide to arts in Westchester - events, grants, links to local artists, internships, etc. 
www.bls.gov/ooh - Occupational Outlook Handbook Online - Job descriptions, growth forecasts & salary

JOB SEARCH LINKS

Career Development Center - Visit Purchase JobScore to access jobs posted for Purchase students and alumni
www.getthatgig.com - internships and job searches; interviews and career advice from working musicians
www.mymusicjob.com - Music jobs
www.mbsolutions.com – Music business solutions
www.entertainmentcareers.net/music-jobs -  Internships and jobs

 

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