I am diametrically opposed to twisting arms--if you can possibly stand to walk away from music, then maybe you should. It's a ton of work for very little appreciation and a slow-growing pay scale, so if you aren't completely obsessed, you'll be happier doing something easier/more respected/higher paying. But for students of any age who feel torn between their great love of music and their fear or living in their parents' basement after school, let's just take a quick look at this in-no-way-complete list of job opportunities:
Freelance: conductor, orchestral musician, $chamber musician, $soloist, $clinician, pit musician, recording artist, accompanist
Cruise ship musician
Full-time orchestral (symphony, opera, ballet, musical theater) musician
$Private studio owner/teacher
😁Early childhood music practitioner
$Community music school director/administrator/teacher
😁Music teacher in the public schools
Commercial music (composing, recording, marketing)
Arts Administrator: ensemble executive director, non-profit organizer, festival director, marketers, 😁development directors, etc.
Yoga, meditation, performance psychology, Alexander technique, Feldenkrais, music therapy
$Opportunities to run your own business
😁Great avenues for the more socially inclined
Non-musician careers who favor artist education background: Computer programmer, doctor, banker, pharmacist, clinical psychologist, engineer
**What am I missing, friends? Chime in below and help make this list more complete!