There are currently an estimated 6,900 choreographers in the United States. The choreographer job market is expected to grow by 5.8% between 2022 and 2032.

How employable are choreographers?

CareerExplorer rates choreographers 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 10,000 choreographers. That number is based on 400 additional choreographers, and the retirement of 9,600 existing choreographers.

Are choreographers in demand?

Competition for choreographer jobs is intense. Simply stated, the number of applicants vastly exceeds the number of job openings and only the most talented find regular employment. Not surprisingly, many of the most sought after positions are concentrated in the major entertainment centres of New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and London; or with traveling dance companies. Large dance companies are not expected to add many positions over the coming decade. However, opportunities do exist outside of the stage and motion picture industries. Choreographers find employment with private dance schools and studios; local dance and performing arts companies; and even higher-end casinos and theme parks. A growing interest in dance and pop culture and increased enrolment in dance schools should create more jobs for choreographers who provide lessons. While interest in dance will sustain large and mid-size companies, public and private funding and grants are not expected to keep pace with rising production costs, resulting in fewer performances and fewer opportunities.

What’s the supply of choreographers?

Choreographer job market by state

State Name Employed Choreographers
Texas 650
Minnesota 530
California 490
Virginia 420
Louisiana 260
Pennsylvania 200
Connecticut 200
Wyoming 180
Kansas 170
South Dakota 140
Florida 110
Illinois 110
Nevada 90
Ohio 80
Tennessee 70
Washington 70
Oregon 70
New York 60
Rhode Island 30