Other Careers in Music

"Nothing is really work unless you would rather be doing something else."

—James Barrie (1860–1967)

Radio Disc Jockey

A disc jockey is an on-air personality responsible for introducing music, commercials, and news on a radio station. A DJ should have a good speaking voice and an ability to project personality over the air.

Instrument Sales Representative

Instrument sales representatives sell musical instruments to instrument dealers for retail sale.


Interns perform tasks in specific departments of a record company while learning the business under the direction of management.

Music Shop Manager

Music shop managers manage and run music shops, including buying and/or selling instruments, sheet music, equipment, and other music products.

Music Shop Salesperson

Music shop salespeople sell instruments, musical accessories, equipment, supplies, and sheet music to customers in a retail store.

Musical Instrument Builder/Designer

Musical instrument builder/desigers build and/or custom design instruments for sale privately or through a shop or factory.

Rack Jobber

Rack jobbers supply records and tapes to shops whose main business is not the sale of records.

Record Shop (or Department) Manager

Record shop or department managers run a record shop or department on a day-to-day basis.

Record Shop Clerk

Record shop clerks sell records and tapes in record shops or departments.

Still More Jobs!

  • Author (Pedagogy, etc.)
  • Bow Repairer and Restorer
  • Computer Music Programmer
  • Director
  • Instrument Designer
  • Instrument Repair & Restoration
  • Music Critic/Journalist
  • Music Historian
  • Music Librarian
  • Nightclub Disc Jockey
  • Nightclub Manager
  • Orchestra Music Librarian
  • Piano Tuner/Technician
  • Repairing Stringed Instrument Bows
  • Retail Sales/Management
  • Subscription and Ticket Service