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What You Need to Know About Director

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

List of Director Job Duties

  • Perform producers' duties, such as securing financial backing, establishing and administering budgets, and recruiting cast and crew.
  • Select plays or scripts for production and determine how material should be interpreted and performed.
  • Collaborate with film and sound editors during the post-production process as films are edited and soundtracks are added.
  • Choose settings and locations for films and determine how scenes will be shot in these settings.
  • Interpret stage-set diagrams to determine stage layouts and supervise placement of equipment and scenery.
  • Introduce plays and meet with audiences after shows to explain how the play was interpreted.

Director Needed Skills

These are the skills Directors say are the most useful in their careers:

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.

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.

Coordination: Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Types of Director

  • Stage Director
  • Assistant Director
  • Commercial Director
  • Television Director (TV Director)
  • Creative Director

Is There Job Demand for Directors?

There were about 134,700 jobs for Director in 2016 (in the United States). New jobs are being produced at a rate of 12.2% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 16,500 new jobs for Director by 2026. There will be an estimated 14,100 positions for Director per year.

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The states with the most job growth for Director are Utah, Georgia, and Colorado. Watch out if you plan on working in Alaska, Maine, or Kansas. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Salary for a Director

The salary for Directors ranges between about $34,450 and $163,540 a year.

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Directors who work in California, New York, or District of Columbia, make the highest salaries.

How much do Directors make in different U.S. states?

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $57,040
Alaska $61,280
Arizona $62,760
Arkansas $58,750
California $115,080
Colorado $68,290
Connecticut $84,900
Delaware $59,680
District of Columbia $89,390
Florida $70,630
Georgia $84,570
Hawaii $73,200
Idaho $55,600
Illinois $77,960
Indiana $48,300
Iowa $46,610
Kansas $56,680
Kentucky $60,530
Louisiana $56,290
Maine $51,310
Maryland $78,760
Massachusetts $70,480
Michigan $65,910
Minnesota $73,110
Mississippi $44,310
Missouri $65,560
Montana $51,920
Nebraska $51,620
Nevada $67,190
New Hampshire $59,830
New Jersey $92,180
New Mexico $75,110
New York $115,610
North Carolina $73,980
North Dakota $42,570
Ohio $60,590
Oklahoma $55,670
Oregon $68,280
Pennsylvania $76,050
Rhode Island $65,660
South Carolina $57,200
South Dakota $55,930
Tennessee $65,040
Texas $69,280
Utah $67,800
Vermont $58,760
Virginia $69,750
Washington $71,430
Wisconsin $57,110
Wyoming $45,930

What Tools & Technology do Directors Use?

Below is a list of the types of tools and technologies that Directors may use on a daily basis:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Office
  • Hypertext markup language HTML
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop
  • Facebook
  • Extensible markup language XML
  • YouTube
  • Apple Final Cut Pro
  • Twitter
  • Adobe Systems Adobe After Effects
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Audition
  • Avid Technology Pro Tools
  • Avid Technology Media Composer
  • Graphics creation software
  • Content management systems CMS
  • Avid Technology iNEWS
  • Broadcast Electronics AudioVAULT FleX

How to Become a Director

What education is needed to be a Director?

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How many years of work experience do I need?

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Who Employs Directors?

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The table below shows some of the most common industries where those employed in this career field work.

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