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Film and Television Directors
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment for motion picture and television directors is expected to grow by 11 percent through 2020, or about as fast as the average for all careers. This forecast is based on the increasing global demand for films and television programming made in the United States, continuing U.S. demand for home video and DVD rentals, and the development of other delivery methods for films, such as the Internet, smart phones, and other portable electronic devices. However, competition is extreme and turnover is high. Most positions in the motion picture industry are held on a freelance basis, and employment for self-employed directors is expected to grow by 16 percent through 2020. As is the case with most film industry workers, directors are usually hired to work on one film at a time. After a film is completed, new contacts must be made for further assignments.