We surveyed 1,231 DJs to better understand the work environment and required skills of a typical DJ. Here are the results.

How much intelligence is required as a DJ?

Low

High

Working as a DJ typically doesn’t require the use of high levels of intelligence in daily tasks.

Can I learn to become a DJ?

Intrinsic Talent

Acquired Talent

A career as a DJ 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 DJ?

Easy

Hard

It’s typically quite difficult to find a job as a DJ. If you’re curious about the numbers, check out the job market for DJs.

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Do DJs work full-time or part-time?

26% of DJs work in full-time roles while 74% work part-time.

Is being a DJ stressful?

Low

High

DJs tend not to find their jobs stressful, which likely contributes positively to career satisfaction.

Is being organized important as a DJ?

Low

High

Organization is not considered a particuarly important part of being a DJ.

How competitive is the workplace for DJs?

Low

High

DJs tend to see lots of competition in the workplace, with desire to get ahead of co-workers being common.

Does being a DJ require frequent time pressure to complete tasks?

Low

High

Time pressure tends not to be a major contributor of stress for DJs.

Are DJs allowed to express themselves creatively?

Low

High

Creativity is intrinsic to being a DJ, and a highly valuable part of the career.

Do DJs have control over the direction of their work?

Low

High

DJs have high flexibility in the direction of their work, allowing them a lot of freedom in how they accomplish their goals.

Is being a DJ physically demanding?

Low

High

Work as a DJs is not the most physically demanding of careers, falling in the bottom half of all careers.

Are DJs exposed to a wide variety of work?

Low

High

DJs tend to have a monotonous work routine, with little variety in their day-to-day tasks.

Does being a DJ require attention to detail?

Low

High

Attention to detail isn't necessarily required to be successful as a DJ.

Does being a good DJ require compassion and empathy?

Low

High

Being compassionate and empathetic is considered helpful to those looking to pursue careers as DJs.