£20,280 Average salary at age 20
£42,120 Average Salary
22 Average hours per week


Musicians write, arrange, orchestrate, conduct and perform musical compositions.

Main Tasks

  • Conceives and writes original music;
  • Tunes instrument and studies and rehearses score;
  • Plays instrument as a soloist or as a member of a group or orchestra;
  • Scores music for different combinations of voices and instruments to produce desired effect;
  • Auditions and selects performers and rehearses and conducts them in the performance of the composition.


There are no formal academic entry requirements although many possess a degree and/or diploma. Entry to a degree or graduate diploma course requires A levels/H grades. Entrants to the performers’ diploma course generally possess GCSEs/S grades and Associated Board Graded Examination passes in their chosen instrument(s) and will be required to audition. Apprenticeships at NVQ Levels 2 and 3 are available in some areas.

What Musicians studied in higher education

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What Musicians studied in higher education
Occupation Percentage Value
(C8) Psychology1
(W3) Music82
(Q3) English studies1
(W4) Drama2
(J9) Others in technology2
(V5) Philosophy1
(X1) Training teachers1
(P3) Media studies1
(V1) History by period1

UK Prospects

38900 Workforce Size
0.51% Predicted growth 2024 - 2027
7149 Predicted Replacement 2024 - 2027

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