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.


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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 - The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers -American Federation of Musicians of the U.S. and Canada - National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences - Audio Engineering Society - Society of Professional Audio Recording Studios - American Composers Alliance - Songwriters Guild of America - Professional association for playwrights, composers & lyricists - American Music Center - League of American Orchestras - Broadcast Music Inc. - American Music Conference - Subscriber-based and free information industry news and resources - The Film Music Society - Association of Music Producers - American Musicological Society - International Computer Music Association - Free site to help and promote new and established talent. - Information on music careers  - Helping musicians and music entrepreneurs create sustainable careers – A guide to arts in Westchester - events, grants, links to local artists, internships, etc. - Occupational Outlook Handbook Online - Job descriptions, growth forecasts & salary


Career Development Center - Visit Purchase JobScore to access jobs posted for Purchase students and alumni - internships and job searches; interviews and career advice from working musicians - Music jobs – Music business solutions -  Internships and jobs


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