Musicians and Singers

5.7/10 job score
risk level
by 2031
The median wage for this occupation is currently unknown
as of 2021

What is the risk of automation?

We calculate this occupation to have an automation risk score of 45% (Start worrying)

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Qualities required for this occupation:
Fine Arts
Finger Dexterity
Manual Dexterity
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How quickly is this occupation growing?

The number of 'Musicians and Singers' job openings is expected to rise 4.2% by 2031
'Musicians and Singers' is expected to be an average growing occupation in comparison to other occupations.
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031.
Updated projections are due Sep 2023.

How many people are employed as musicians and singers?

As of 2021 there were 24,080 people employed as Musicians and Singers within the United States.
This represents around 0.02% of the employed workforce across the country.
Put another way, around 1 in 5 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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Miguelon (Small chance) says
Do machines have souls?
Jul 13, 2022 at 02:59 PM
not on autopilot (No chance) says
An AI can do a lot of things way better and faster than humans. but when it comes to art, really great art, an AI doesn't even understand what to achieve. explain why Mendelssohn's Wedding March seems to be the most graceful piece of music that fits a wedding perfectly, although it is not even complicated or complex. Why satisfaction is such a mass-appealing song or smoke on the water? 3 or 4 chords and the easiest riffs ever but the entire planet loves it. and so on. an AI will never understand that.
Aug 16, 2021 at 11:44 PM
Zac (No chance) says
There is no chance that Robots will replace human musicians because of the raw talent and hours of practice or dedication put in by the musician
Jun 16, 2021 at 04:41 AM
elon musk (No chance) says
Whilst bot can make music I believe that music made by humans will remain popular forever
Jun 08, 2021 at 02:22 PM
just another high schooler says
I mean, there ARE technologies that can synthesize music (and scarily well-- for a bot) but there's no soul, no empathy.
Apr 14, 2021 at 12:26 AM
Cody (Highly likely) says
There already exists machine learning algorithms capable of generating original music.
Mar 20, 2021 at 11:26 PM
ink (Could go either way) says
I've worked in live entertainment, people will watch the strangest things. And it's surprising what people will purchase tickets for. Musicians are already being replaced by recordings for live events. The emulation of instruments has been extremely good for a long time, you don't need an entire string section to recorded a soundtrack anymore. And I've heard some good original compositions - classical and rock generated by computer algorithm. Synthesized voices have come a long way, and we've already seen holographic Tupac at Coachella. I don't think we're that a far away now, just a matter of taste and ease.
Mar 15, 2021 at 10:12 PM
anonymous (Highly likely) says
There are already AIs that can write music in a matter of seconds. Much of it is indistinguishable from the styles of great composers like Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, & Tchaikovsky. It's already too late.
Dec 16, 2020 at 06:20 AM
Izabella (No chance) says
Tem muitos cantores que tem uma voz maravilhosa, e ser substituído por uma máquina acho que seria decepcionante.
Oct 06, 2020 at 12:38 AM
Joshua De La Paz says
Listening to robots trying to rap or make music will be very interesting. I hope it sounds cool and all, but they probably won't take over the rap game. Technology is getting very advanced, so who knows. Bless up
Sep 09, 2020 at 05:56 PM
Johann says
They'll make interesting entertainment, surely, but it will be niche. People want to listen to people.
Aug 06, 2020 at 07:50 PM
Anonymous says
Clearly, you've never heard of AIVA.
Dec 16, 2020 at 06:22 AM
Oscar says
There is a software that synthesizes a human-like voice as it was 2007 or later I don't remember well
The AI can write a letter but it is very messy there, the human still intervenes in order for now I do not think, by the way a software can imitate human voice according to the Google video, so there are jobs that tend to disappear, such as telephone operators

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Jul 22, 2020 at 07:00 AM
Iswar Mondal (Likely) says
There are already some AI doing this. They even have some concerts and a huge fan following. Just like Auto-Tune and other software have there dominance in the singing field. So I think singing can be replaced by some AI but this can not effect singers like Justin Beiber, Taylor Swift or Selena Gomez and many more mainline singers.
May 20, 2020 at 02:27 AM
Laia (No chance) says
There's a lot of difference between how dance/sing the robots than how humans do it. Simply you cannot replace us for robots
May 15, 2020 at 10:13 AM
Faisal says
Back in December of 2007 robots in japan occurred performing a musician task perfectly. This task will be or maybe will be handled by AI soon. AI can perform musics and signings as well it's not complicated for it to do this task. The Toyota robots are already musicians they've executed this task recently. (The Toyota Partner Robots).
Apr 29, 2020 at 11:41 PM
Mike (Small chance) says
I think it'll probably be used as a tool, not as a replacement for humans.
Apr 26, 2020 at 07:20 PM
David says
I think that this info is not really true, only humans can make and "give" their feelings in singing and robots cant and they never be able to give feelings.
Maybe they will coexist but not replace just like Nathan said!
Apr 16, 2020 at 01:46 AM
Nut says
Led Zeppelin will always be the best.
Mar 10, 2020 at 04:54 PM
Sage (Highly likely) says
Ever heard of Vocaloid? The more it evolves the better a singer the software will become.
Mar 10, 2020 at 02:12 PM
Ash (No chance) says
Society would never allow robots to take over most of the entertainment industry.
Feb 24, 2020 at 09:15 AM
joseph albamire (No chance) says
Computers do not as of now have the ability to speak about know or understand emotion the way we do this means that they would never be able to create completely new emotional music, the music created would just be mixes of older music that in my opinion just isn't real
Jan 30, 2020 at 04:33 PM
Nguyen (No chance) says
robots only work in patterns, music is based off creativity and feeling. a robot has none of them
Jan 28, 2020 at 04:23 AM
Jack Ahmed (Could go either way) says
Within music theory, we learn that there is a pattern behind every song. There is a reason some songs can be perceived as generally good while some being generally bad and music may seem like an arbitrary process, however, there is order and formula behind it, and music theory is that order. Once robots learn that, music will be theirs.

I personally believe that robots will take over pop (because its awfully simplistic, so it would be the first probably) and classical (classical is too expensive and is dying, so its likely) for sure, but there is a chance musicians will stay because live shows are an integral part of music, and nobody wants to watch a bunch of robots play.
Jul 31, 2020 at 01:07 AM
Jake (No chance) says
Music is created with soul - I.e organic inspiration and emotion. Sometimes it is not calculated and methodical like machines.
Jan 11, 2020 at 10:02 AM
Emilia (Small chance) says
They will not take singing even if they do in will be a recorded version of a song
Dec 05, 2019 at 08:54 AM
Yuradopted says
No offence, but robots make obnoxious noises.
Nov 11, 2019 at 07:00 AM
Fabricio Gutiérrez (Small chance) says
the music needs a human inspiration, we make sense of music
Nov 08, 2019 at 04:58 AM
Barbie says
Yay I love to sing.
Oct 07, 2019 at 10:37 PM
Nathan (Small chance) says
Robots may create our melodies someday, and voice synthesis will get better. There is AI which can write articles for newspapers. There will always be a demand for real humans though, as people are constantly looking for new stars/artists to relate to and form fanbases around. AI artists will become common, but it seems they will coexist rather than replace.
Sep 12, 2019 at 10:42 PM
Aaron says
Yeah most people won't be fond of robotic melodies, or perhaps only in the beginning? Today's pop music is very generic tbh. It feels like anyone could make it.
Jan 19, 2020 at 12:48 AM
not on autopilot says
Music is art. the composition, performance and interpretation. Robots, (an AI) can do it already, and it's ridiculously bad. it has nothing to do with art, and never will.
Aug 16, 2021 at 11:47 PM
Danie1 says
Check out Hatsune Miku...
Mar 28, 2019 at 01:28 AM
anon says
Miku cant do anything by itself without human input, its a tool, just another instrument
Jul 21, 2019 at 02:05 AM

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