World Music Day: Top 10 Career Opportunities For Music Students

By Sashikanth Yechuri

Music has the power to connect with people emotionally and has earned a professional status in the 21st century. Almost all the central and state universities spread across the country offer professional training in music. With a plethora of opportunities in the entertainment industry, music has been inducted into the list of lucrative careers. Here are the top 10 career opportunities one can take up with professional training in music.

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Top 10 Opportunities For Music Lovers

10. Music Librarian

Candidates should have professional training to opt for this career. The opportunities are available in the radio, television and film industries. They also have opportunities in colleges and public libraries.

9. Music Teachers

There are many openings for a teacher in music schools and colleges across the country that include government-recognised bodies such as Prayag Sangeet Samiti. Their primary responsibility is to provide training for students in the concerned field of music.

8. Sound Engineering

This is the branch of engineering that deals with the study of music. In this creative field, one should be aware of mixing sounds besides technical requirements that involve maintenance and operation of broadcast equipment. As the digital industry is on a high, candidates will find numerous opportunities.

7. Video Jockeys (VJs) & Disc Jockeys (DJs)

One can find openings in many music channels. The job responsibilities include conducting interviews of music artists and personalities besides introducing a music video. One can take up this profession individually by hosting corporate and private functions.

6. Music Therapist

They are also known as musician counsellors and specialise in producing rhythm and melody to improve and/or cure physiological ability. They find opportunities in many psychiatric institutions. Many celebrities and famous personalities recruit personal music therapists for emotional well-being.

5. Artist Manager

This is one amongst the emerging options in the recent times. One will plan, organise and negotiate with the artists to host an event. The work of an artist manager will be behind the scenes and they should be familiar with the music industry.

One should be aware of all the rules for remuneration and salary in order to be a manager. There is no special training provided to take up this profession but with some life skills, one can choose this lucrative option.

4. Music Journalist

Music journalists are popularly called critics. The work of the journalists includes reviewing performances or recordings besides conducting interviews. They also provide the news and updates on new releases and performers to the media, such as newspapers and websites. Most of them take up this as a freelancing opportunity.

3. Songwriters

One who has interest in writing can choose the songwriting profession. They have to understand the theme and situation while writing the lyrics. Candidates can even consider separate categories, such as jingle writers, who are specialised in composing music for advertising products or services for companies.

2. Singers

Singers can choose to work alone or in a music group. They can even make a lucrative career in the film industry. The pay structure varies depending on the stream you choose, such as classical or pop.

1. Music Composers/Directors

This profession is well known to many candidates and most of the opportunities are associated with the film or movie industry. Candidates will create music or lyrics or create both together. They have to create music based on the requirement of the audience's pulse. One has to bring in creativity to come up with new composes.

Apart from the above, one can also take up various other opportunities such as those of a musicologist. Share your opinions with us to make the list more extensive.

Also Read: How To Pursue A Career In Music In India

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