Technical Directors/Managers

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What do they do?

Coordinate activities of technical departments, such as taping, editing, engineering, and maintenance, to produce radio or television programs.

Also known as:

Broadcast Director, Broadcast Engineer, Master Control Operator (MCO), News Technical Director, Newscast Director, Operations Director, Operations Manager, Production Director, Production Manager, Studio Director, Technical 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 2 percent from 2018 to 2028, more slowly than average compared to all occupations.

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Projected Employment

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Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • 2%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #16 in job growth rate
  • 260

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #15 in net job growth
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Typical College Majors

Majors that prepare Technical Directors/Managers:

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Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (2.6%)
  • Master's degree (14.2%)
  • Bachelor's degree (57.9%)
  • Associate's degree (5.7%)
  • Some college, no degree (12.7%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (5.5%)
  • Less than high school diploma (1.4%)

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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.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • 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.
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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.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Telecommunications - Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
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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.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • 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:

  • Direct productions or performances.
  • Operate control consoles for sound, lighting or video.
  • Determine technical requirements of productions or projects.
  • Manage content of broadcasts or presentations.
  • Coordinate activities of production personnel.
  • Create computer-generated graphics or animation.
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This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 24.3 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

Occupation statistics: USDOL U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics

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