Film and Television Directors

Employment for motion picture and television directors is expected to grow faster than the average for all careers through 2024, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Job growth will occur as a result of the increasing global demand for films and television programming made in the United States, and the development of other delivery methods for films and TV shows, such as the Internet, smartphones, and other portable electronic devices. However, competition is extreme and turnover is high. Many positions in the motion picture industry are held on a freelance basis. 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.  

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