SOC: 27-2011.00


Play parts in stage, television, radio, video, motion picture productions, or other settings for entertainment, information, or instruction. Interpret serious or comic role by speech, gesture, and body movement to entertain or inform audience. May dance and sing.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
69,400 employed

Projected (2024):
76,100 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Acrobat
  • Acting Teacher
  • Actor
  • Actor Understudy
  • Actress
  • Aerialist
  • Amusement Park Entertainer
  • Aquatic Performer
  • Artistic Director
  • Circus Clown
  • Clown
  • Comedian
  • Comic
  • Community Theater Actor
  • Diver
  • Double
  • Dramatic Reader
  • Elocutionist
  • Ensemble Director
  • Extra
  • Illusionist
  • Impersonator
  • Impresario
  • Juggler
  • Magician
  • Mime
  • Minstrel
  • Monologist
  • Motion Picture Actor
  • Movie Actor
  • Movie Extra
  • Movie Star
  • Movie Stunt Performer
  • Narrator
  • Performer
  • Puppeteer
  • Ring Conductor
  • Second
  • Show Girl
  • Soubrette
  • Stand Up Comedian
  • Stand-In
  • Stunt Double
  • Stunt Driver
  • Stunt Performer
  • Stunt Person
  • Stunt Woman
  • Television Actor
  • Theatre Ensemble Member
  • Theatrical Performer
  • Theatrical Trouper
  • Thrill Performer
  • Understudy
  • Vaudeville Actor
  • Ventriloquist
  • Voice Actor
  • Voice-Over Artist
  • Wire Walker

  • Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed


    Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.


    These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Fine Arts
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • Study and rehearse roles from scripts to interpret, learn and memorize lines, stunts, and cues as directed.
  • Work closely with directors, other actors, and playwrights to find the interpretation most suited to the role.
  • Learn about characters in scripts and their relationships to each other to develop role interpretations.
  • Collaborate with other actors as part of an ensemble.
  • Perform humorous and serious interpretations of emotions, actions, and situations, using body movements, facial expressions, and gestures.
  • Attend auditions and casting calls to audition for roles.
  • Portray and interpret roles, using speech, gestures, and body movements, to entertain, inform, or instruct radio, film, television, or live audiences.
  • Work with other crew members responsible for lighting, costumes, make-up, and props.
  • Sing or dance during dramatic or comedic performances.
  • Read from scripts or books to narrate action or to inform or entertain audiences, utilizing few or no stage props.
  • Promote productions using means such as interviews about plays or movies.
  • Write original or adapted material for dramas, comedies, puppet shows, narration, or other performances.
  • Prepare and perform action stunts for motion picture, television, or stage productions.
  • Tell jokes, perform comic dances, songs and skits, impersonate mannerisms and voices of others, contort face, and use other devices to amuse audiences.
  • Introduce performances and performers to stimulate excitement and coordinate smooth transition of acts during events.
  • Manipulate strings, wires, rods, or fingers to animate puppets or dummies in synchronization with talking, singing, or recorded programs.
  • Dress in comical clown costumes and makeup, and perform comedy routines to entertain audiences.
  • Perform original and stock tricks of illusion to entertain and mystify audiences, occasionally including audience members as participants.
  • Construct puppets and ventriloquist dummies, and sew accessory clothing, using hand tools and machines.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Digital still cameras
  • Digital video recorders
  • Laptop computers
  • MP3 digital voice recorders
  • Personal computers
  • Photography tripods
  • Tablet computers
  • Wireless microphones
  • Apple Final Cut Pro
  • Email software
  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • LinkedIn
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Motion capture software
  • Twitter
  • Web browser software
  • Website development software
  • YouTube

  • arts design entertainment sports and media

    industry stats

    SOC: 27-0000

    Total Employed: 1,843,600

    Average Annual Salary: $56,980