Film and Television Directors

"Lights! Camera! Action!" aptly summarizes the major responsibilities of the film and television director. In ultimate control of the decisions that shape a film or television production, the director is an artist who coordinates the elements of a film or television show and is responsible for its overall style and quality.

Directors are well known for their part in guiding actors, but they are involved in much moreā€”casting, costuming, cinematography, editing, and sound recording. Directors must have insight into the many tasks that go into the creation of a film, and they must have a broad vision of how each part will contribute to the big picture. Approximately 92,510 directors and producers are employed in the United States.

Next Section: History

Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Filmmakers
Duties Direct actors and other film and TV professionals; oversee the artistic decisions that help create a television show or movie
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) The best opportunities are in Los Angeles and New York, but jobs are available throughout the country
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
  • Some Postsecondary Training
School Subjects
  • Art
  • English
  • Theater/Dance
Experience Film school; any experience making movies
Personality Traits
  • Artistic
  • Creative
  • Organized
  • Leadership
  • Organizational
  • Performance
  • Music
  • and Acting
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Producer, or Director of Award-Winning Projects, or Studio Head
  • Director
  • First Assistant Director, or Unit Production Manager

Become a Vault Basic Member

Complete your Vault Profile and get seen by top employers