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82k 82k
3.2% 3.2%
3.8/5 3.8/5
Bachelors Bachelors

Conductor Job Outlook

There are currently an estimated 82,100 Conductors in the United States. The Conductor job market is expected to grow by 3.2% between 2014 and 2024.

Conductor Employability Rating

D Sokanu rates Conductors with a D employability rating, meaning this career should provide weak employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 26,400 Conductors. That number is based on 2,600 additional Conductors, and the retirement of 23,800 existing Conductors.

Demand for Conductors

Aspiring conductors may look to Los Angeles Philharmonic conductor Gustavo Dudamel for their inspiration. They should not, however, look upon his career path as common or traditional. Dudamel skipped college because he became an international sensation at a young age. He is most certainly the exception to the rule, which generally requires that professional conductors have at least a master’s degree, if not a doctorate in conducting. Most conductors will further increase their employability if they specialize in one of three standard programs: wind ensemble conducting, orchestral conducting, or choral conducting. While positions with major and renowned symphony and philharmonic orchestras are at the pinnacle of the conductor world, there are other roads to success in the field. Local orchestras, military and marching bands, college choirs, and chamber music ensembles each present opportunities for conductors to hone their skills and advance their careers. Competition in all of these arenas, as in every musical field, is expected to be at a higher level than overall demand.

Supply of Conductors

The Conductor industry is concentrated in New York, California, and Texas.

Conductor Job Market by State

State name Employed Conductors
New York 3,480
California 2,430
Texas 1,150
Ohio 1,040
Illinois 780
Michigan 730
Oregon 720
Florida 690
Pennsylvania 590
Virginia 580
Georgia 550
Massachusetts 500
Indiana 480
Tennessee 320
Minnesota 280
Kansas 260
New Jersey 250
South Carolina 240
Connecticut 240
Utah 220
Wisconsin 210
Washington 200
Mississippi 190
Missouri 180
Hawaii 160
Oklahoma 160
Iowa 110
Arizona 110
Maryland 110
Rhode Island 90
Nebraska 90
Louisiana 80
New Mexico 80
Idaho 70
Arkansas 60
Vermont 60
New Hampshire 60
Colorado 60
Kentucky 50

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