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.

Quick Facts
Duties Plan and schedule programming for stations and networks
Alternate Title(s) News Directors, Operations Directors, Production Managers, Sports Directors
Salary Range $50,000 to $100,000
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, urban areas
Education and Training
  • Bachelor's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Business
  • Social Studies
  • Speech
Experience Technical and on-air experience in radio or television required
  • Business Management
  • Leadership
  • Organizational
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Organized
  • Problem-Solving
Licensure/Certification None
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Station Manager
  • Radio and Television Program Director
  • Assistant Radio and Television Program Director
  • News or Production Director
  • Reporter or Production Assistant

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