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What You Need to Know About Program Director

Job Description & Duties Direct and coordinate activities of personnel engaged in preparation of radio or television station program schedules and programs, such as sports or news.

Program Director Responsibilities

  • Confer with directors and production staff to discuss issues, such as production and casting problems, budgets, policies, and news coverage.
  • Develop budgets for programming and broadcasting activities and monitor expenditures to ensure that they remain within budgetary limits.
  • Develop promotions for current programs and specials.
  • Coordinate activities between departments, such as news and programming.
  • Act as a liaison between talent and directors, providing information that performers or guests need to prepare for appearances and communicating relevant information from guests, performers, or staff to directors.
  • Conduct interviews for broadcasts.

What a Program Director Should Know

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

Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Judgment and Decision Making: Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Time Management: Managing one’s own time and the time of others.

Active Learning: Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Other Program Director Job Titles

  • Program and Research Coordinator
  • Group Program Manager
  • Assistant News Director
  • Director
  • Public Service Director

Job Demand for Program Directors

There were about 134,700 jobs for Program 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 Program Director by 2026. The BLS estimates 14,100 yearly job openings in this field.

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The states with the most job growth for Program 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.

How Much Does a Program Director Make?

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

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

How much do Program Directors make in each U.S. state?

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 Program Directors Use?

Although they’re not necessarily needed for all jobs, the following technologies are used by many Program Directors:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Office
  • Hypertext markup language HTML
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Web browser software
  • Email software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat
  • Microsoft SharePoint
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop
  • Facebook
  • FileMaker Pro
  • Microsoft SQL Server
  • Apple Final Cut Pro
  • Twitter
  • Content management systems CMS
  • Avid Technology iNEWS
  • Broadcast Electronics AudioVAULT FleX

How to Become a Program Director

What kind of Program Director requirements are there?

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How Long Does it Take to Become a Program Director?

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Where Program Directors Are Employed

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