Film, TV, Stage, and Radio Directors


Salary Median (2017)


Projected Job Growth (2016-2026)

+12.2% (faster than the average)

Most Common Level of Education

Bachelor's Degree


What Film, TV, Stage, and Radio Directors Do

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

Other Job Titles Film, TV, Stage, and Radio Directors May Have

Artistic Director, Assistant Director, Associate Artistic Director, Director, News Production Supervisor, Newscast Director, Stage Manager, Technical Director, Television Director (TV Director), Television Newscast Director

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Creator ,

Freestyle Love Supreme

Most of my time is spent preparing for shows and coming up with new ideas. On the nights I have a performance, I along with five other performers take the crowd on a non-stop, hip-hop improv ride, spinning cues from the audience into instantaneous riffs and fully realized musical numbers.

Filmmaker & Author ,

"My Sky Is Falling, Little Wild Thang"

I write and share stories. Sometimes I am working on making films. I also do speaking events.

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Direct live broadcasts, films and recordings, or non-broadcast programming for public entertainment or education.
  • Supervise and coordinate the work of camera, lighting, design, and sound crew members.
  • Study and research scripts to determine how they should be directed.
  • Cut and edit film or tape to integrate component parts into desired sequences.
  • Collaborate with film and sound editors during the post-production process as films are edited and soundtracks are added.

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