We surveyed 818 composers to better understand the work environment and required skills of a typical composer. Here are the results.
How much intelligence is required as a composer?
Working as a composer typically doesn’t require the use of high levels of intelligence in daily tasks.
Can I learn to become a composer?
A career as a composer typically depends predominantly on qualities you can gain through experience, with a small aspect of skills you are born with.
Is it easy to get a job as a composer?
It’s typically quite difficult to find a job as a composer. If you’re curious about the numbers, check out the job market for composers.
Do composers work full-time or part-time?
20% of composers work in full-time roles while 80% work part-time.
Do composers have control over the direction of their work?
Composers have high flexibility in the direction of their work, allowing them a lot of freedom in how they accomplish their goals.
Is being a composer physically demanding?
Being a composer may occasionally require demanding physical activity, which may make it not a suitable career choice for everyone.
Are composers exposed to a wide variety of work?
Composers tend to have a monotonous work routine, with little variety in their day-to-day tasks.
Does being a composer require attention to detail?
Attention to detail isn't necessarily required to be successful as a composer.
Does being a good composer require compassion and empathy?
Being compassionate and empathetic is considered helpful to those looking to pursue careers as composers.