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 more—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.

Quick Facts
Duties Direct actors and other film and TV professionals; oversee the artistic decisions that help create a television show or movie
Alternate Title(s) Filmmakers
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $100,000+
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
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
Education and Training
  • High School Diploma
  • Some Postsecondary Training
Related School Subjects
  • Art
  • English
  • Theater/Dance
Experience Film school; any experience making movies
  • Leadership
  • Organizational
  • Performance
  • Music
  • and Acting
Personality Traits
  • Artistic
  • Creative
  • Organized
Licensure/Certification None
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Producer, or Director of Award-Winning Projects, or Studio Head
  • Director
  • First Assistant Director, or Unit Production Manager

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