Performing arts

We've linked to key resources about graduate careers in performing arts

Use this page as your starting point for finding out about working in this sector. 

What's it like?

These sector guides, produced by leading careers information providers, include overviews of the sector and more detail on specific areas, such as performing arts.  They contain suggestions of employers and, where relevant, further study. 

Creative arts and design (Prospects)

Creative arts, media and design (TargetJobs)


Below, we list profiles of some roles specific to this sector. There are also other roles which are common to this and many other sectors.

Each of the profiles we list includes information about: 

  • typical responsibilities in the role 

  • average starting salary range for new entrants 

  • entry requirements 

  • career progression 

  • professional bodies 

  • typical employers  

  • where to look for vacancies. 

Job profile: Actor (Prospects)

Job profile: Animator (Prospects)

Job profile: Art therapist (Prospects)

Job profile: Broadcast presenter (Prospects)

Job profile: Community arts worker (Prospects)

Job profile: Conservator (Prospects)


To gain an insight into the Performing Arts sector, watch these videos from people working in the industry (University of Edinburgh login required):

Performing Arts

The following video from our Creative & Cultural Careers 2022 gives an insight into the sector too (University of Edinburgh login required):

Creative & Cultural Careers 2022: Insight into Performing Arts Careers

To find out more about working in this sector follow our guidelines:

Careers research in simple steps