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 63,000 actors working in the United States.

Quick Facts
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
Alternate Title(s) Thespians
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $100,000+
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Los Angeles and New York, but acting jobs are also available in other large cities
Education and Training
  • High School Diploma
Related School Subjects
  • English
  • Speech
  • Theater/Dance
Experience School and community theater
  • Interpersonal
  • Performance
  • Music
  • and Acting
  • Public Speaking
Personality Traits
  • Artistic
  • Creative
  • Outgoing
Licensure/Certification None
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Successful Actor
  • Actor
  • Aspiring Actor

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