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If you love music, but can’t sing or play an instrument for your life, don’t fret: There are other lucrative career options for you out there.
We combed through the Occupational Information Network (O*NET), a US Department of Labor database that compiles detailed information on hundreds of jobs, to find positions with a median annual salary of over $50,000 that require knowledge of the theory and techniques needed to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.
Each job is assigned a “fine arts importance level” between 1 and 100.
Here are the jobs that earned a “fine arts importance” score above 40 with a median pay over $50,000 a year:
7. Sound engineering technicians
Median salary: $53,330
Fine arts importance level: 66
Sound engineering technicians operate machines and equipment to record, synchronize, mix, or reproduce music, voices, or sound effects in sporting arenas, theater productions, recording studios, or movie and video productions.
6. Poets, lyricists, and creative writers
Median salary: $60,250
Fine arts importance level: 70
Poets, lyricists, and creative writers create original written works, such as scripts, essays, prose, poetry or song lyrics, for publication or performance.
5. Agent or business manager of artists, performers, or athletes
Median salary: $62,940
Fine arts importance level: 54
Agents and business managers represent and promote artists, performers, and athletes in dealings with current or prospective employers.
4. Multimedia artists and animators
Median salary: $63,970
Fine arts importance level: 80
Multimedia artists and animators create special effects, animation, or other visual images using film, video, computers, or other electronic tools and media for use in products or creations, such as computer games, movies, music videos, and commercials.
3. Art, drama, and music teachers, postsecondary
Median salary: $65,340
Fine arts importance level: 100
Postsecondary art, drama, and music teachers teach courses in music.
2. Talent directors
Median salary: $68,440
Fine arts importance level: 72
Talent directors audition and interview performers to select most appropriate talent for parts in stage, television, radio, or motion picture productions.
Median salary: $68,440
Fine arts importance level: 44
Producers plan and coordinate various aspects of radio, television, stage, or motion picture production, such as selecting script, coordinating writing, directing and editing, and arranging financing.