Sally Pressman on Set

Actors play parts or roles in dramatic productions on the stage, in motion pictures, on television or radio, or on the Internet. They impersonate, or portray, characters by speech, gesture, song, and dance. There are approximately 69,000 actors working in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Thespians
Duties Play parts or roles in dramatic productions in motion pictures, on the stage, or on television, the Internet, or radio; take part in rehearsals and other preparations; participate in publicity efforts to support productions; appear in commercials
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Los Angeles and New York, but acting jobs are also available in other large cities
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
School Subjects
  • English
  • Speech
  • Theater/Dance
Experience School and community theater
Personality Traits
  • Artistic
  • Creative
  • Outgoing
  • Interpersonal
  • Performance
  • Music
  • and Acting
  • Public Speaking
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Successful Actor
  • Actor
  • Aspiring Actor