Producers: Salary, career path, job outlook, education and more

Producers make the business and financial decisions for a motion picture, TV show, commercial, or stage production. They raise money for the project and hire the director and crew. The crew may include set and costume designers, film and video editors, a musical director, a choreographer, and other workers. Some producers may assist in the selection of cast members. Producers set the budget and approve any major changes to the project. They make sure that the production is completed on time, and they are ultimately responsible for the final product.

Education Required
Producers and directors usually have a bachelors degree. Many students study film or cinema in programs at colleges and universities. In these programs, students learn about film history, editing, screenwriting, cinematography, and the filmmaking process. As of 2017, the National Association of Schools of Theatre provided accreditation to more than 180 postsecondary institutions for their programs in theater arts.
Job Outlook
The projected percent change in employment from 2016 to 2026: 12% (Faster than average)
(The average growth rate for all occupations is 7 percent.)
As a producers or directors reputation grows, he or she may work on larger, more expensive projects that attract more attention or publicity.
Median pay: How much do Producers and Directors make?
$70,950 Annual Salary
$34.11 per hour

Careers for Producers and Directors

  • Assistant directors
  • Assistant producers
  • Associate producers
  • Broadcast producers
  • Casting directors
  • Directors
  • Executive producers
  • Film makers
  • Head producer
  • Independent film makers
  • Independent video producers
  • Line producers
  • Motion picture directors
  • Motion picture producers
  • Movie directors
  • Movie producers
  • Music video directors
  • Music video producers
  • News production supervisors
  • Newscast directors
  • Newscast producers
  • On-air directors
  • Pageant directors
  • Radio producers
  • Radio television technical directors
  • Stage directors
  • Stage managers
  • Television news producers
  • Television newscast directors
  • Television producers
  • Television program directors
  • Theater company producers
  • Video producers

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