|Quick Facts: Producers and Directors|
|2012 Median Pay||$71,350 per year
$34.31 per hour
|Entry-Level Education||Bachelor’s degree|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||Less than 5 years|
|Number of Jobs, 2012||103,500|
|Job Outlook, 2012-22||3% (Slower than average)|
|Employment Change, 2012-22||2,900|
What Producers and Directors Do
Producers and directors create motion pictures, television shows, live theater, and other performing arts productions. They interpret a writer’s script to entertain or inform an audience.
Producers and directors work under a lot of pressure, and many are under stress to finish their work on time.
How to Become a Producer or Director
Most producers and directors have a bachelor’s degree and several years of work experience in an occupation related to motion picture, TV, or theater production, such as an actor, film and video editor, or cinematographer.
The median annual wage for producers and directors was $71,350 in May 2012.
Employment of producers and directors is projected to grow 3 percent from 2012 to 2022, slower than the average for all occupations. Some job growth in the motion picture and video industry is expected to stem from strong demand from the public for more movies and television shows, as well as an increased demand from foreign audiences for U.S.-produced films.