Career Opportunies

Career Opportunities in Music

Although careers in music have generally been associated with performance in large ensembles or with teaching in music education programs, there are a growing number of opportunities which relate to more individualized combinations of practical and technical skills. These might include, for example, arts management, recording and computer-related business, and music publishing. One cannot prepare adequately for most professional roles in music with a Bachelor's Degree, but a strong practical, flexible, and broadly conceived training at the undergraduate level is the ideal route to the widest range of future possibilities. Consult with faculty members, graduate students, and your teaching assistants in your area of expertise. Students at all grade levels, but especially seniors, should frequently visit the UCSD Career Services Center for further information on internships and careers in Music, and meet with the Arts and Humanities Career Advisor, Nichola Retziak. Students can make individual appointments at this link Career Advising and Walk in Advising is also available. Be sure to participate in Arts and Humanities Career Fairs sponsored by the Career Center held on campus.

What Can You Do with a Music Degree?

The link below lists many options in the music field.

Related Major Skills

Attention to Detail, Self discipline, Interpretive Skills, Appreciation of Aesthetics, Patience, Organization Skills, Interpersonal Skills, Intense Research Skills, Creativity, Time-Management, Critical Analysis, Open minded, Adaptability, Communication Skills, Presentation/Public Speaking, Teamwork, Confidence, Problem solving, Perseverance, Focus, Non-Verbal Communication, Receiving Constructive Feedback, Collaboration, Dedication, Accountability.

Student testimonials 

"Without the time and passion of the music faculty, this department and the music world as a whole wouldn't be the same. I am privileged to have been a part of this department."  Cole Pendergrass, Alumnus, BA, Music Composition

"The UCSD program is very forward thinking and has been very motivating for me, and a big inspiration for how I think now, and how I want to pursue working in the future." Chad Goss, Alumnus, BA, ICAM Music

UC San Diego Alumni

Eric Ulman, BA '92, MA '94, PhD '00, Composition, Lecturer, Stanford U.

Jonathan and Jared Mattson, BA '11, Music, Jazz Emphasis, The Mattson 2 Jazz Duo performing in So. California

Emily Jankowski, BA '09, ICAM, Technical Director, KPBS

Trevor Muzzy, BA '07, ICAM, Recording Engineer/Mixer/Producer, RedOne Productions, Los Angeles, CA