SOC: 27-2012.01


Plan and coordinate various aspects of radio, television, stage, or motion picture production, such as selecting script, coordinating writing, directing and editing, and arranging financing.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
122,600 employed

Projected (2024):
133,800 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:

  • Anchor
  • Animation Producer
  • Artistic Director
  • Assignment Editor
  • Assistant Producer
  • Associate Producer
  • Broadcast News Producer
  • Broadcast Producer
  • Content Producer
  • Digital Media Manager
  • Digital Media Producer
  • Digital Producer
  • Director
  • Director of Radio Services
  • Executive Producer
  • Film Producer
  • General Manager
  • Independent Video Producer
  • Line Producer
  • Media Manager
  • Media Producer
  • Morning News Producer
  • Morning Show Newscast Producer
  • Movie Producer
  • Moving Picture Producer
  • Music Producer
  • Music Video Producer
  • News Anchor
  • News Producer
  • Newscast Producer
  • Photographer
  • Producer
  • Producer Director
  • Production Manager
  • Production Supervisor
  • Program Assistant
  • Promotions Producer
  • Radio Producer
  • Reporter
  • Television News Producer
  • Television Producer (TV Producer)
  • Video Producer
  • Writer

  • Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed


    A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.


    Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • 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
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Fine Arts
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • Coordinate the activities of writers, directors, managers, and other personnel throughout the production process.
  • Monitor postproduction processes to ensure accurate completion of details.
  • Perform management activities such as budgeting, scheduling, planning, and marketing.
  • Determine production size, content, and budget, establishing details such as production schedules and management policies.
  • Compose and edit scripts or provide screenwriters with story outlines from which scripts can be written.
  • Conduct meetings with staff to discuss production progress and to ensure production objectives are attained.
  • Resolve personnel problems that arise during the production process by acting as liaisons between dissenting parties when necessary.
  • Produce shows for special occasions, such as holidays or testimonials.
  • Write and submit proposals to bid on contracts for projects.
  • Hire directors, principal cast members, and key production staff members.
  • Arrange financing for productions.
  • Select plays, scripts, books, or ideas to be produced.
  • Review film, recordings, or rehearsals to ensure conformance to production and broadcast standards.
  • Perform administrative duties, such as preparing operational reports, distributing rehearsal call sheets and script copies, and arranging for rehearsal quarters.
  • Obtain and distribute costumes, props, music, and studio equipment needed to complete productions.
  • Negotiate contracts with artistic personnel, often in accordance with collective bargaining agreements.
  • Maintain knowledge of minimum wages and working conditions established by unions or associations of actors and technicians.
  • Plan and coordinate the production of musical recordings, selecting music and directing performers.
  • Negotiate with parties, including independent producers and the distributors and broadcasters who will be handling completed productions.
  • Develop marketing plans for finished products, collaborating with sales associates to supervise product distribution.
  • Determine and direct the content of radio programming.
  • Obtain rights to scripts or to such items as existing video footage.
  • Write and edit news stories from information collected by reporters and other sources.
  • Research production topics using the internet, video archives, and other informational sources.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Electronic news gathering ENG cameras
  • Laptop computers
  • Newsroom digital audio workstations
  • Personal computers
  • Tablet computers
  • Teleprompters
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat
  • Adobe Systems Adobe ActionScript
  • Adobe Systems Adobe AfterEffects
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Audition
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Creative Suite software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Dreamweaver
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Flash
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Systems Adobe InDesign
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop software
  • Apple Final Cut Pro
  • Avid Technology Media Composer
  • Blogging software
  • Cascading style sheets CSS
  • Content management system CMS software
  • Drupal
  • Email software
  • ENPS software
  • Extensible markup language XML
  • Facebook
  • Google AdWords
  • Google Analytics
  • Grass Valley EDIUS
  • Hypertext markup language HTML
  • Instagram
  • JavaScript
  • LiveStream software
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Project
  • Microsoft Publisher
  • Microsoft Visio
  • Microsoft Word
  • PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor
  • Twitter
  • Wide Orbit software

  • arts design entertainment sports and media

    industry stats

    SOC: 27-0000

    Total Employed: 1,843,600

    Average Annual Salary: $56,980