Performing Arts Career Options

Dance
About 40 percent of dancers work in performing arts companies, and about 78 percent of choreographers work in other schools and instruction, which include dance and fine arts schools.

According to the Unites States Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of sociologists is expected to grow around 18 percent by 2020, as fast as the average for most occupations.

Music
Musicians and singers often perform in settings such as concert halls, arenas, and clubs. They often work in religious organizations and performing arts companies; others are self-employed.

According to the Unites States Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment of musicians and singers is expected to grow 10 percent by 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Expected growth will be due to increases in demand for musical performances.

Theatre
The career options that exist for theatre majors are quite extensive. They range from professional actors and actresses to playwrights, directors, stage managers, theatre educators, arts administrators, scenic designers, and other production support specialists. The study of theatre equips students with a broad range of communication and organizational skills that would be applicable to many of these careers, but as with any performing arts career, careers in theatre are highly competitive. Many theatre students will continue their education well beyond the first two years, and many theatre employees will find alternate work between productions. According to the United States Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov), employment of actors is expected to grow about as fast as the average for all occupations through 2018. Competition for jobs will be tough because many highly trained and talented people are trying to become actors. Employment of producers and directors is projected to grow 11 percent from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations, and employment of set designers is expected to grow by 10 percent by 2020.

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