Job prospects Session Musician in Alberta

Explore current and future job prospects for people working as a "session musician" in Alberta or Canada.

Job opportunities in Alberta

Note: These outlooks are based on the 2016 version of the National Occupational Classification (NOC). Learn more about our methodology.

Prospects over the next 3 years


The employment outlook will be moderate for Musicians and singers (NOC 5133) in Alberta for the 2022-2024 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment decline will lead to the loss of some positions.
  • Several positions will become available due to retirements.
  • There are a small number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.

Here are some key facts about Musicians and singers in Alberta:

  • Approximately 4,800 people work in this occupation.
  • Musicians and singers mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Other schools and instruction (NAICS 6115-6117): 64%
    • Arts, entertainment and recreation (NAICS 71): 25%
  • The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
    • Full-time workers: 32% compared to 81% for all occupations
    • Part-time workers: 68% compared to 19% for all occupations
  • 26% of musicians and singers work all year, while 74% work only part of the year, compared to 59% and 41% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 35 weeks compared to 32 weeks for all occupations.
  • 62% of musicians and singers are self-employed compared to an average of 12% for all occupations.
  • The gender distribution of people in this occupation is:
    • Men: 39% compared to 54% for all occupations
    • Women: 61% compared to 46% for all occupations
  • The educational attainment of workers in this occupation is:
    • no high school diploma: 11% compared to 12% for all occupations
    • high school diploma or equivalent: 27% compared to 28% for all occupations
    • apprenticeship or trades certificate or diploma: less than 5% compared to 10% for all occupations
    • college certificate or diploma or university certificate below bachelor's: 18% compared to 24% for all occupations
    • bachelor's degree: 28% compared to 18% for all occupations
    • university certificate, degree or diploma above bachelor level: 15% compared to 8% for all occupations

Breakdown by region

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Labour market conditions over the next 10 years

Explore current and future job prospects for people working as a "session musician" Musicians and singers (NOC 51122) or Canada.

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