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Producers and Directors

Producers and Directors
Quick Facts : Producers and Directors*
2010 Median Pay$68,440
Entry Level EducationBachelor's degree
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 2012122,500
Job Outlook11% (About as fast as average)
Employment Change13,500

Producers and directors work on sets or in studios behind the camera creating motion pictures, television shows, live theater and other types of productions. With their interpretations of a writer?s script they can entertain or inform an audience.

What Producers and Directors Do

  • Select scripts
  • Audition and select cast members and the film or stage crew
  • Approve the design and financial aspects of a production
  • Ensure that a project stays on schedule and within budget
  • Approve new developments in the production

Work Environment

Producers and directors work under a lot of pressure, and most are under constant stress to find their next job. Work assignments are usually short, ranging from 1 day to a few months. Therefore, they also often hold another job to make a living.
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Job Outlook

Employment of producers and directors is projected to grow 11 percent from 2010 to 2020 stemming from strong demand from the public for more movies and television shows.
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The average salary of producers and directors was $68,440 in May 2010.
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Becoming a Producers and Directors

Most producers and directors have a bachelor's degree and several years of work experience in a related occupation, such as an actor or writer.
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