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How to become a DJ

Disc Jockeys, also known as DJs, are artists who play and mix exciting music to live audiences in all kinds of situations and events. They most commonly work in nightclubs, concerts, festivals, weddings, parties, and on the radio.

If you work in a radio setting, you might also have to deliver commentary, do interviews, and ensure adverts, news and other segments run according to schedule.

Passionate about music with a good ear, and enjoy working in the public? DJing could be a career worth exploring.


About you:


  • Detailed knowledge and love of music
  • Excellent technological skills and understanding of sound equipment and software
  • Productions skills and creativity
  • Excellent networking and social media skills
  • Confident, clear and professional public speaker
  • Willingness to work long and anti-social hours
  • Reliable


The job:


  • Select the tracks for each set depending on the audience or theme
  • Schedule and arrange the tracks to a strict time frame
  • Ensure the tracks flow together well, either by mixing or fading into the next track via an introduction or short commentary
  • Prepare and conduct interviews
  • Liaise with event co-ordinators and sound crews
  • Set up and operate kit
  • Host and deliver shows


Lifestyle Impact: Low


  • Part Time opportunities: High – around 71% of DJs work part-time (source: labourmarketinsights.gov.au).
  • Average hours for full-time workers: 47 hours a week, which is above average (source: labourmarketinsights.gov.au).
  • DJs’ salary (average) $58,000* per year (source: ato.gov.au). *Salaries vary depending on your skills and experience.
  • Future career growth: Stable (source: labourmarketinsights.gov.au).
  • You will be doing most of your work indoors. You could work in a variety of environments, including clubs, at events, or at a radio station.
  • As a freelance DJ, pay can vary greatly depending on how many events you can book. Some DJs have a second job to ensure they have enough money.


DJs are most in demand in these locations:


DJs are most in demand in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland. Most DJs work in the Arts and Recreation Services industry.


How to become a DJ in Australia


With the necessary skills and equipment, and lots of dedication and practise, you could become a DJ without any formal qualifications.


Step 1 – Complete Year 10 with a focus on English and Maths.


Step 2 – Get relevant work experience and take short courses to start building your skills.


Step 3 – Consider taking a VET course such as:


Step 4 – If you want to work freelance, consider taking courses to build your marketing and social media skills. Find a way to get your name out there and build your reputation.


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Similar Careers to DJ


Music Therapist

Recording Artist

Music Producer

Events Organiser

Music Teacher


Find out more about alternative careers.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Do I need to go to university to become a DJ?


No; in fact, if you have enough experience and are willing to work hard, you don’t need any formal qualifications to work as a DJ.


Where do DJs work?


DJs don’t just work in nightclubs. They are often hired to provide music for a variety of events, including weddings, functions, parties, and more. You could also work on the radio, picking songs to play and hosting entertainment programs. You can even play at live festivals and concerts.


What are 3 things I can do right now to help me become a DJ?


If you’re in high school and you’d like to find out if a career as a DJ is right for you, here’s a few things you could do right now:

  1. Start building on your musical skills. Take short courses and workshops to familiarise yourself with the standard industry equipment.
  2. See if you can find work experience at a local radio station. This will help you see if you might enjoy the work, and can help you start building important contacts for the future.
  3. Talk to a DJ to see what a day in their life is like. If you don’t know anyone, see if you can watch videos or documentaries about a career as a DJ.

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