Film and Television Producers

Producers organize and secure the financial backing for the production of motion pictures and television shows. They decide which scripts will be used or which books will be adapted for film or a television show. Producers also raise money to finance the filming of a motion picture or television show; hire the director, screenwriter, and cast; oversee the budget and production schedule; and monitor the distribution of the film. Approximately 92,510 producers and directors are employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Associate Producers, Coproducers, Executive Producers, Line Producers
Duties Oversee budgets, production schedules, and other business-related tasks that are associated with film and television production
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
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
School Subjects
  • Business
  • English
  • Theater/Dance
Experience At least several years of experience making films and television shows and overseeing production tasks is required
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Enterprising
  • Organized
Skills
  • Business Management
  • Leadership
  • Organizational
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Studio Head or Executive Producer
  • Film and Television Producer
  • Production Assistant

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