Radio and Television Program Directors

Radio and television program directors plan and schedule program material for stations and networks. They determine what entertainment programs, news broadcasts, and other program material their organizations offer to the public. At a large network, the program director may supervise a large programming staff. At a small station, one person may manage the station and also handle all programming duties.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) News Directors, Operations Directors, Production Managers, Sports Directors
Duties Plan and schedule programming for stations and networks
Salary Range $50,000 to $100,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, urban areas
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Business
  • Social Studies
  • Speech
Experience Technical and on-air experience in radio or television required
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Organized
  • Problem-Solving
  • 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
  • Station Manager
  • Radio and Television Program Director
  • Assistant Radio and Television Program Director
  • News or Production Director
  • Reporter or Production Assistant