Musicians and Singers

risk level
Based on 1,345 votes
by year 2032
The median wage for this occupation is currently unknown
as of 2022

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Automation risk

45% (Moderate Risk)

Moderate Risk (41-60%): Occupations with a moderate risk of automation usually involve routine tasks but still require some human judgment and interaction.

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Some very important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Fine Arts

Some quite important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Originality

  • Finger Dexterity

  • Manual Dexterity

  • Social Perceptiveness

User poll

27% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted there's a low chance this occupation will be automated. This assessment is further supported by the calculated automation risk level, which estimates 45% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that Musicians and Singers will be replaced by robots or artificial intelligence within the next 20 years?


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Moderate growth relative to other professions

The number of 'Musicians and Singers' job openings is expected to rise 4.2% by 2032

Total employment, and estimated job openings

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031
Updated projections are due 09-2023.


Lower range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2022 there were 31,750 people employed as 'Musicians and Singers' within the United States.

This represents around < 0.001% of the employed workforce across the country

Put another way, around 1 in 4 thousand people are employed as 'Musicians and Singers'.

Job description

Play one or more musical instruments or sing. May perform on stage, for broadcasting, or for sound or video recording.

SOC Code: 27-2042.00


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Anonymous Music Listener. (Moderate) says
Well, musicians are in trouble for a long time.

We are already using DAW and VSTIs for recording. So if it is not a complex classical music piece there is no need for musicians. I'm not even mentioning workstation and digital synthesizer era.

There are already acoustic pianos that can play itself! We may see self playing instruments more in the future. If they sync them together; maybe one day we don't need live musicians.

Suno AI is not good enough to replace DAW and DAW user. So many things are missing. No effects, you can't use your own melody and so on. AI supported DAW may help so much for music creation. It may also reduce the cost and we may finally hear good quality music again, who knows?

When it comes to singers though; I think it is impossible to replace. Because if all you care is the song itself, then play it through speakers. You don't need to go to concert. Imitating is not the only problem. You can't emotionally connect to AI that much. When you become a fan of a singer, you start following him/her on social media, you may even talk with them if you have luck. You may also follow their overall life and thoughts. What about AI? It is just a software, no human being.
May 15, 2024 at 05:33 PM
melody (Highly likely) says
with ai covers on the rise, and now websites that can write entire songs on any topic you want in under a minute.
May 06, 2024 at 10:42 PM
MainEditor says
AAAAAAND Suno AI and Udio AI came to this world... This was faster than we expected!
Apr 13, 2024 at 01:27 PM
Cornelius (Low) says
Audiences want to know their favourite musicians as people. For AI to replace them, it would have to replace them in all the functions of celebrity, not merely musical performance.
Mar 06, 2024 at 12:37 PM
Minh Đức (Low) says
If we work in a profession related to music, we must have imagination to produce a perfect work. That is something robots cannot do.
Oct 06, 2023 at 11:09 AM
Mr.Unknown says
AI cannot bring in the authenticity and emotions of a human voice.

Also about the creativity, AI may not be able to think and come up with some new creative ability when it comes to music as it will only produce what it knows, where as a musicians creativity is spontaneous you'd never know what clicks in your mind all of a sudden and becomes something that is loved by the world.
Aug 09, 2023 at 09:38 AM
Paul Wainwright (No chance) says
Musicians and singers are employed in two ways: recording and live performance. Recording is sure to eliminate most jobs, but the live performance will endure.
Aug 02, 2023 at 03:43 PM
Tyson N (Moderate) says
I've seen so much covers using AI, and to be honest they are improving so much in such a short time. Eventually AI will sound no different from human singers
Jun 23, 2023 at 12:35 AM
Brewer Shettles (Highly likely) says
AI will never rest. Will constantly learn. Will revise rules as it learns. Will set high goals and constantly exceed them.
Jun 19, 2023 at 05:19 PM
anonymous (Low) says
The problem with generative ai music as it exists at this moment, is that it doesn’t do a good job at translating what’s in the artist’s head into the generated file. Sure, you may get a track that fits the bill, but it’s not gonna be the sound that’s in your head. Maybe it will one day, but you can’t be too sure.
Jun 19, 2023 at 01:02 AM
Richard (Highly likely) says
AI models such as Google’s MusicLM will make the process of manually writing and recording music totally obsolete in the very near future. Considering the music industry is currently in a state of collapse, these changes will be welcomed by most of society.
Jun 01, 2023 at 04:01 AM
laila (Low) says
became humans have more creativity
May 30, 2023 at 01:20 AM
Otis (Low) says
AI isn't really AI, but an advanced automation learning algorithm. It can replicate, but it can't actually create. To do that, it would require actual self awareness.
May 24, 2023 at 01:05 PM
bocchi says
Music, at least with more artistic intent than commercial success, is embedded with humanity. Human singing is different from AI -- I am a vocaloid fan, but vocaloids are fictional characters. We can't truly connect with or idolise them as much as human musicians.
This reality is literally Carole and Tuesday.
May 12, 2023 at 08:10 PM
Ines (elementary school teacher) says
Literally, i love vocaloid but i don't feel connected to the individual loids as much as they are a brand. If Hatsune Miku didn't have a design and a long history of added lore I would not care. With vocaloid i often find myself attached to the producers like pinocchio-p, wowaka (rip) or Kikuo. Ai will maybe aid in people being able to learn music faster and take over shit pop music but that will just elevate the scale for humans to make heartbreaking or uplifting bops a robot just cant without imitation.
May 18, 2024 at 04:09 PM
Brandon Finley says
I thought online live shows would be able to take over real shows during COVID, but post-COVID it's pretty apparent that fans wanna see their favorite artists live and rock out.
Apr 11, 2023 at 01:07 PM
diarmuid (Low) says
the element of emotion and personality associated with musicianship is a very human trait and i do not believe that this can be replicated by artificial intelligence at least for now
Apr 01, 2023 at 11:07 AM
Sloan. (Low) says
Although there is robots that can play instruments I think nothing will ever recreate human feelings and human error and flaws. The beauty of music is that we suck at it and can be vulnerable. You make your trip ups part of the dance.
Mar 12, 2023 at 04:35 AM
K (Uncertain) says
Music making is getting easier, hence more of the less talented ones can make good music. With the help of the AI, creating a good song, will be very easy. And relatively good music producers will flood the industry.

And pricewise: Even free and open source software, like Ardour and MIXXX are good nowadays. It is getting cheaper setting up a studio.

More people in the music industry = Less money
Jan 06, 2023 at 05:10 PM
Sammy (No chance) says
Nothing compares to songs you know have come from a real places, and absolutely nothing compares to seeing those songs played live by real people standing mere meters away…
Dec 29, 2022 at 04:39 AM
Gabriel (Low) says
I am a composer and know exactly what the AI is capable of doing. For some styles of music, where nobody cares who made the music, yes, it will suffice. Random sound and underscore behind video games, for example.

But we, as humans, love a good backstory, overcoming obstacles and connecting at an emotional level. So, I think the immediate future is cyborg. We will use AI but will add ourselves to it.

I listen to a lot of this software's output, and the music feels random.
Dec 19, 2022 at 12:50 PM

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