Music Careers For Your Personality Type

Far from just art for art’s sake, music is business: big business.

$15.6 billion = Recorded music industry revenue 2015[3]

[parts of that 15$ billion][4]

46% physical sales revenue

46% digital sales revenue

6% performing rights (personalized streaming services, broadcasts, venues)

2% Synchronization revenue (adverts, brands, film partners)

In perspective:

That’s double the value of every beer stocked on a store shelf that year [1]

Music is global. And globally appealing.

But the US is the true center of music business

Genres by total consumption in the US:

Rock 29%

R&B/Hip Hop 17.2%

Pop 14.9%

Country 11.2%

Dance / EDM 3.4%

Christian Gospel 3.1%

Holiday / Seasonal 2.6%

Latin 2.6%

Jazz 1.4%

Classical 1.4%

Children 1%

And a perfect place to start a career in music

Such as:

Personal Manager

Booking Agent

Concert Promoter

Music Publisher

Professional Manager

Business Manager

Music Business Accountant

Entertainment Lawyer

Music Educators

Recording Engineers

There are tons of ways to get involved in the music industry. How do you know which is right for you?

It all depends on your interests, education, and personality.

Top Interests for Music Careers:

Music Creation

Sound Engineering








Top Degrees for Music Careers:

Bachelor of Music (BM) or Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)

Bachelor of Music Education (BME)

Bachelor of Arts in Music (BA)

Bachelor of Science in Music (BS)

Bachelor of Science in Music Business (BS)

Top Personality Types for Music Careers:

INTJ – The “Architects” are people who can strategize and plan for any situation








ISTJ – The “Logisticians” are people who are very fact-centered and reliable


ESTJ – The “Executives” are people who excel as administrators and managers of people


ISTP – The “virtuosos” are people who are bold and practical implementors

ISFP – The “adventurers” are people who are flexible and charming, will try anything once

ESTP – The “entrepreneurs” are people who are smart, perceptive, and very energetic

ESFP – The “entertainers” are people who are spontaneous, energetic, and enthusiastic

With a little hard work and a desire to work in a musical field, there’s a role for almost everyone!

Personal Manager

Description: represents a musical group and helps to manage all aspects of their career

Salary: generally 10-50% of an artists earnings

Personality types: INTJ, ENTJ, ESTJ

Education: Associates degree or above, music business

Booking Agent

Description: Secures bookings for musical talent at venues

Salary: $20,000 to +$1,000,000

Personality types: ENTJ, ENTP, ENFP, ESTP

Education: Associates degree or above, music business

Concert Promoter

Description: Hosts musical acts and artists, acts as organizer for musical events.

Salary: $0 to +$1,000,000

Personality types: ENTJ, ENTP, ENFP, ESTJ

Education: Associates degree or above, music business

Music Publisher

Description: Publishes music, negotiates royalties, copyrights music, distributes music

Salary: $20,000 to +$1,000,000

Personality types: INTP, ENTJ, ESTJ,ISTP, ESTP

Education: Associates degree or above, music business

Professional Manager

Description: Pitches music owned by publishing companies to labels and bands for performance and recording

Salary: $20,000 to $64,590

Personality types: INTJ, ENFJ, ENFP, ISFP

Education: Bachelors in Marketing, Music Business, or Other

Music Education

Description: Music educators in private settings, primary, secondary, or college settings

Salary: $32,540 to $128,330

Personality types: ENFJ, ENTP, INFJ, ESFP

Education: Bachelors in education, bachelors in music

Business Manager

Description: Manages musician and entertainer finances

Salary: $25,000 to +$1,000,000

Personality types: ISTJ, ESTJ, ESTP

Education: Bachelors in music business, business, or accounting

Music Business Accountant

Description: Advise and work with musicians and music business companies in financial affairs

Salary: $40,370 to $113,470

Personality types: ESTJ, ISTJ, ENFP, INFJ

Education: Bachelors in accounting

Entertainment Lawyer

Description: Manages legal matters for musicians: contracts, negotiation, advice, and counseling.

Salary: $70,000 to $150,000

Personality types: ENTP, ISTJ, ESTJ, INTJ

Education: Juris Doctor (JD)

Recording Engineers

Description: sets up and operates recording equipment so as to create albums. Oversee artistic and technical elements of the recording session.

Salary: $25,000 to $150,0000

Personality types: INTJ, INTP, ISTP, ISFP

Education: On the job or associates degree


Nielson Study Reveals Rock Prevails As Most Popular Genre In The US