Directors- Stage, Motion Pictures, Television, and Radio

What do they do?

Interpret script, conduct rehearsals, and direct activities of cast and technical crew for stage, motion pictures, television, or radio programs.

Also known as:

Animation Director, Artistic Director, Commercial Director, Creative Director, Production Director, Production Stage Manager, Stage Director, Stage Manager, Technical Director, Theater Director, TV Director (Television Director)

Typical Wages

Annual wages for Producers and Directors in United States

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Producers and Directors is projected to grow 9 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as average compared to all occupations.

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Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • 9.2%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #32 in job growth rate
  • 240

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #13 in net job growth
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Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (2.8%)
  • Master's degree (13.1%)
  • Bachelor's degree (59.6%)
  • Associate's degree (5.6%)
  • Some college, no degree (12.5%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (5.4%)
  • Less than high school diploma (0.9%)

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Skills

People in this career often have these skills:

  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
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Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Communications and Media - Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Fine Arts - Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

Abilities

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Originality - The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Determine technical requirements of productions or projects.
  • Coordinate artistic activities.
  • Direct productions or performances.
  • Collaborate with others to determine technical details of productions.
  • Study scripts to determine project requirements.
  • Coordinate activities of production personnel.
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