Conductors sometimes called music directors motivate and lead groups of musicians so that their performance is of the highest quality. In some cases conductors are actually in charge of selecting the musicians who will play the piece. Not only do conductors coordinate members of a musical group but they also put their personal touch on interpreting the musical piece played by the orchestra or band or sung by choral groups.
Conductors can work for large orchestra companies for the filming or television industry or for bands churches and religious organizations. The website www.careerplanner.com states that conductors usually have college degrees in music and they should be able to play one or preferably several instruments. They must have broad understanding about the function of various instruments as well as of music history and styles. They also need a good ear for music tempo and the ability to sight read music.
Many conductors take post-graduate courses in conducting and spend time training with an experienced conductor. Even after conductors are well established they participate in continuing education to keep up with new developments in the field. Some conductors eventually try out their skills as composers.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that in the coming decade job prospects for conductors should be positive. However well-paying jobs are highly competitive. The website Ehow.com reports that conductors' earnings depend upon geographical locale but overall the average annual salary is $43000.