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Musicians

OaSIS code 51122.01

Musicians play one or more instruments in orchestras, opera companies and popular bands in establishments such as concert halls, lounges and theatres and in film, television and recording studios.

Overview

Also known as

  • Instrumentalist
  • Musician
  • Percussionist

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:

  • Play one or more instruments as soloists or as members of a musical group before audiences or for recording purposes.

Additional information

  • Musicians and singers usually specialize in specific genres of music such as classical, country, ethnic, jazz, opera or popular music.

Similar occupations classified elsewhere

Exclusions:

  • Conductors, composers and arrangers (51121)

NOC hierarchy breakdown

NOC version

NOC 2021 Version 1.0

Broad occupational category

5 – Occupations in art, culture, recreation and sport

TEER

1 – Occupations usually require a university degree

Major group

51 – Professional occupations in art and culture

Sub-major group

511 – Professional occupations in art and culture

Minor group

5112 – Creative and performing artists

Unit group

51122 – Musicians and singers

Occupational profile

51122.01 – Musicians

Work characteristics

Work characteristics gathers the various components describing the work environment of each occupation, such as employers, work activities, and the work context. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of complexity (for Work Activities) or other measurement dimensions (for Work Context), and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.

Work Activities

Proficiency or complexity level
Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
5 - Highest Level
Analyzing Data or Information
3 - Moderate Level
Applying New Knowledge
3 - Moderate Level
Clerical Activities
3 - Moderate Level
Communicating with Coworkers
3 - Moderate Level

Work Context

Structural Job Characteristics

Structured versus Unstructured Work
Degree of freedom to determine tasks and priorities
4 - High amount of freedom
Work Week Duration
Worked hours in a typical week
1 - Less than 35 hours

Physical Work Environment

Physical Proximity
Physical distance from others
4 - Close (at arm’s length)

Physical Demands

Sitting
Duration
3 - About half the time
Standing
Duration
3 - About half the time
Bending or Twisting the Body
Duration
2 - Less than half the time

Interpersonal Relations

Contact with Others
Frequency
4 - Every day, a few times per day
Duration
4 - More than half the time
Work with Work Group or Team
Importance
3 - Important
Frequency
4 - Every day, a few times per day

Workplaces/employers

  • Choirs
  • Concert halls
  • Film studios
  • Lounges
  • Opera companies
  • Orchestras
  • Popular bands
  • Recording studios
  • Television studios
  • Theatres

Skills and abilities

This section displays the various competencies required for an occupation. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of proficiency (for Skills and Abilities) or importance (for Personal Attributes) and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.

Abilities

Proficiency or complexity level
Auditory Attention
5 - Highest Level
Finger-Hand-Wrist Motion
5 - Highest Level
Hearing Sensitivity
5 - Highest Level
Multi-Limb Coordination
5 - Highest Level
Selective Attention
5 - Highest Level

Skills

Proficiency or complexity level
Coordinating
3 - Moderate Level
Learning and Teaching Strategies
3 - Moderate Level
Persuading
3 - Moderate Level
Social Perceptiveness
3 - Moderate Level
Critical Thinking
2 - Low Level

Personal Attributes

Importance
Innovativeness
5 - Extremely important
Adaptability
4 - Highly important
Attention to Detail
4 - Highly important
Collaboration
4 - Highly important
Creativity
4 - Highly important