Learn about the types of people who become composers. This page goes into detail about the ethnic and gender ratio of the workplace.


Ethnic Minority Mix, 2019

The largest ethnic group of composers are White, making up 54% of the population. The next highest segments are Other and Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish, making up 11% and 10% respectively.


Employment Type Mix, 2019

21% of composers work in full-time roles while 79% work part-time.


Gender Mix By Career Interest, 2019

This graph shows the distribution of females and males that are interested in becoming a composer. Four or five star ratings on CareerExplorer indicate interest.

More men than women are interested in becoming composers at a ratio of 1.34 to 1.


Actual Gender Mix, 2019

31% of composers are female and 69% are male.


Gender Bias, 2019

This is one of the most compelling statistics we collect. Gender bias shows the difference between gender interest in being a composer and the actual gender mix of people in the career.

If there is a significant difference, then it means there is a gender imbalance between those interested in becoming a composer and those who end up becoming one.

In this case there are more women interested in becoming a composer than those actually working as one. It is hard to pinpoint the exact reasons why, but there are likely various forces at play, from changing interests over time to societal norms and biases.