Overall employment in entertainment and sports occupations is projected to grow 13 percent from 2021 to 2031, much faster than the average for all occupations; this increase is expected to result in about 95,500 new jobs over the decade. In addition to new jobs from growth, opportunities arise from the need to replace workers who leave their occupations permanently. About 106,200 openings each year, on average, are projected to come from growth and replacement needs.
The median annual wage for this group was $49,470 in May 2021, which was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations of $45,760.
BLS employment projections, wage, and other data for related occupations not shown in the following table are available on the Data for Occupations Not Covered in Detail page. Information highlighting physical demands, cognitive and mental requirements, and other qualifications for workers in this group are available in a BLS Occupational Requirements Survey (ORS) profile.
|OCCUPATION||JOB SUMMARY||ENTRY-LEVEL EDUCATION||2021 MEDIAN PAY|
Actors express ideas and portray characters in theater, film, television, and other performing arts media.
|Some college, no degree||The annual wage is not available.|
|Athletes and Sports Competitors||
Athletes and sports competitors participate in organized, officiated sporting events to entertain spectators.
|No formal educational credential||$77,300|
|Coaches and Scouts||
Coaches teach amateur or professional athletes the skills they need to succeed at their sport. Scouts evaluate athletes as possible recruits.
|Dancers and Choreographers||
Dancers and choreographers use dance performances to express ideas and stories.
|See How to Become One||The annual wage is not available.|
|Music Directors and Composers||
Music directors lead musical groups during performances and recording sessions. Composers write and arrange original music in a variety of musical styles.
|Musicians and Singers||
Musicians and singers play instruments or sing for live audiences and in recording studios.
|No formal educational credential||The annual wage is not available.|
|Producers and Directors||
Producers and directors make business and creative decisions about film, television, stage, and other productions.
|Umpires, Referees, and Other Sports Officials||
Umpires, referees, and other sports officials preside over competitive athletic or sporting events to help maintain standards of play.
|High school diploma or equivalent||$35,860|
The wage at which half of the workers in the occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. Median wage data are from the BLS Occupational Employment Statistics survey.
Typical level of education that most workers need to enter this occupation.
Last Modified Date: Thursday, September 8, 2022