Career Information


​W​hat jobs can I get? How much can I get paid?

Degrees and certificates in the Commercial Music program may lead to the following jobs or careers:


Sound Engineering Technician

Entry Hourly Wage

Music Director/Composer1

Entry Hourly Wage

​1 This job may require a bachelor's degree or higher. Please review current job openings and contact your advisor to review your options.

All data gathered for Dallas/Fort Worth. Source: Dallas College​ Labor Market Intelligence


Career Opportunities

Our graduates perform and are employed around the world as: 

  • Professional artists
  • Composers and arrangers
  • Studio and live sound engineers
  • Radio and television staff
  • Music retailers and marketers

Careers and salaries in the music industry vary widely according to type and location.

According to the Dallas Audio Post Group, skilled freelance audio engineers in the Dallas area can earn $80,000 a year or more.

The best source of information on performing and recording opportunities, salaries and work availability is to ask local musicians and recording artists, expertise widely held by all of Cedar Valley’s Commercial Music program faculty members.

Why Is This a Good Career Bet?

CareerOneStop, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, projects job growth of 21 percent for audio and video equipment technicians, 17 percent for musicians and sound engineering technicians through 2024 in Texas. With a large video and film production industry in the area, job possibilities are higher than in most cities outside of the east and west coasts for technicians with solid technical skills.