Careers and Employment Outlook The common careers in the music field are performing, teaching, working in the music industry (recording, engineering, composing, radio, television, etc.) and music therapy. A Bachelor’s degree and other credentials are required to work in music education and music therapy. The Bachelor’s degree is also the recommended minimum for performing musicians. For those wanting to pursue graduate degrees, a Master of Music, Doctor of Musical Arts, of Doctorate of Philosophy is highly suggested for students who desire careers as conductors or college professors.The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that the median hourly earnings in May 2006 for musicians and singers were $19.73 but may vary according to the frequency of contracts and performances. Music directors and composers earned a median annual income of $39,750 during this same period (www.bls.gov). To help music majors navigate entry into a new career there are a number of professional organizations such as the American Federation of Musicians, which provides legal and organizational resources for self-employed musicians (www.afm.org).