Producers and Directors

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What Producers and Directors Do

Producers and directors create motion pictures, television shows, live theater, commercials, and other performing arts productions. They interpret a writer’s script to entertain or inform an audience.

Work Environment

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 experience in motion picture, TV, or theater production, working as an actor, film and video editor, cinematographer, or another related occupation.

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  • Producers and directors

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    Job Outlook

    Employment of producers and directors is projected to grow 9 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations. 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.

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    Job Trends for Producers and Directors

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    This occupation supported 103,500 jobs in 2012 and 122,600 jobs in 2014, reflecting an increase of 18.5%. In 2012, this occupation was projected to increase by 2.8% in 2022 to 106,400 jobs. As of 2014, to keep pace with prediction, the expected number of jobs was 104,000, compared with an observed value of 122,600, 17.9% higher than expected. This indicates current employment trends are much better than the 2012 trend within this occupation. In 2014, this occupation was projected to increase by 10.8% in 2024 to 133,800 jobs. Linear extrapolation of the 2012 projection for 2022 results in an expected number of 106,900 jobs for 2024, 20.1% lower than the 2014 projection for 2024. This indicates expectations for future employment trends are much better than the 2012 trend within this occupation.