What is a Disc Jockey (DJ)?


Disk Jockey Job Description

Disk Jockeys play and mix music at nightclubs and bars to add ambiance, atmosphere and mood to the room, and to entertain customers.



Typical Job Duties

• Get the audience actively involved

• May serve as a resident DJ at a bar or nightclub

• Respond to audience requests

• Create atmosphere as described and instructed by the bar owner or manager

• May have to provide own equipment

• Play mix of music that allows patrons to dance, while still allowing the bar to maintain alcohol and food sales

• May involve the use of turntable to manipulate the sounds of records, or “scratch”

• Create humorous banter in downtime

• May mix own music live (also known as “spinning”)



Scholarships for Becoming a DJ

The Applicable Majors section below shows fields of study relevant to a career as a DJ. You can search for scholarships matched to those fields of study on our Music Scholarships page.


Success Tip: Be sure to apply for any scholarships that you even barely qualify for, as there are millions of dollars of scholarships that go unused every year due to a lack of applicants!



Applicable Majors

Studying one of the university majors listed below is an excellent starting point for becoming a DJ. Click on the links to find out what else you can do with these majors!


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