Artistic Directors, and Media Producers and Presenters plan, administer and review activities concerned with producing artistic media, determine artistic policies for performing arts organisations, prepare and present news, sports and other information, and conduct interviews and introduce music, performances and special events on radio and television.

A skill level equal to a Bachelor Degree or higher, or at least 5 years of relevant experience is usually needed. High levels of creative talent or personal commitment and interest are also important.

Tasks

  • managing artistic and media productions to meet quality, cost and timing specifications
  • formulating and developing organisations' artistic policies and selecting and planning organisations' artistic programs
  • hiring and managing artistic staff
  • controlling the use of media production facilities such as studios and editing equipment, stage and film equipment and rehearsal time
  • directing the formulation of media production strategies, policies and plans
  • introducing programs, music, entertainment items, guests and celebrities
  • preparing and reading news bulletins, making special announcements and providing commentary for sports and other events
  • presenting opinions on sports, politics, and social and economic matters
  • researching, investigating and compiling stories and programs

Job Titles

  • Artistic Director
  • Media Producer (excluding Video)
  • Radio Presenter or Announcer
  • Television Presenter
  • Artistic Director

    Determines and oversees implementation of artistic policies for a performing arts organisation such as a theatre company, dance company, music ensemble, festival or venue.

  • Media Producer (excluding Video)

    Plans, administers and reviews activities concerned with publishing, or the production of films, television or radio programs, theatre, music, festivals or other artistic activities.

    Specialisations: Executive Producer, Film Producer, Stage Producer, Television Producer

  • Radio Presenter or Announcer

    Prepares and presents news, sports or other information, conducts interviews, and introduces music, performances and special events on radio.

    Specialisations: Disc Jockey (Radio), Talkback Host, Tourism Radio Presenter

  • Television Presenter

    Prepares and presents news, sports or other information, conducts interviews, and introduces music, performances and special events on television.

Fast Facts

  • Avg. Weekly Pay

    $1,466 Before Tax
  • Future Growth

    strong
  • Skill Level

    Bachelor Degree or higher
  • Employment Size

    16,800
  • Unemployment

    below average
  • Male Share

    58.6%
  • Female Share

    41.4%
  • Full-Time Share

    77.4%

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This is a medium sized occupation employing 16,800 workers. Over the past 5 years the number of jobs has grown strongly.
Strong growth is expected in the future. New jobs and turnover from workers leaving may create between 10,001 and 25,000 job openings over the 5 years to 2020.

  • While there are jobs in many parts of Australia, New South Wales has a large share of Artistic Directors, Media Producers & Presenters.
  • They mainly work in: Information Media and Telecommunications; Arts and Recreation Services; and Professional, Scientific and Technical Services.
  • Full-time work is common. Full-time workers, on average, work 43.4 hours per week.
  • Average earnings for full-time workers are very high at around $1,466 per week. Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • The average age is 39 years (compared to 40 for all careers).
  • Around 1 in 2 workers are female.
  • In 2016, the unemployment rate was below average.

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Employment trend data to November 2015 and Department of Employment projections to 2020.
YearEmployment Level
20058700
200610900
200712000
20087700
200911300
201010700
201111300
201214500
201311100
201412700
201516800
202018300

Weekly Earnings

Full-time Earnings

All Careers Average

Weekly Earnings (before tax)

Source: ABS Characteristics of Employment survey, August 2015 cat. no. 6333.0. Median earnings are before tax and do not include superannuation. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
EarningsArtistic Directors, Media Producers and PresentersAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings14661230

Hours

Weekly Hours Worked

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016.
CategoryArtistic Directors, Media Producers and PresentersAll Jobs Average
Full-time79.969
Part-time20.130.8
Average Weekly Hours (full-time)44.240.2

Main Industries

Top Industries

Main Employing Industries (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Information Media and Telecommunications56.3
Arts and Recreation Services19.8
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services15.3
Education and Training3.3
Other Industries5.3

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016.
StateArtistic Directors, Media Producers and PresentersAll Jobs Average
NSW57.131.8
VIC15.725.5
QLD12.519.8
SA3.46.7
WA8.611.1
TAS0.42
NT0.51.1
ACT1.71.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016.
Age BracketArtistic Directors, Media Producers and PresentersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-193.8-5.45.4
20-2410.3-9.99.9
25-3428.5-23.323.3
35-4424.2-21.621.6
45-5422.0-21.121.1
55-595.8-8.68.6
60-642.8-5.95.9
65 and Over2.6-3.73.7

Gender

Male Share

Female Share

Gender (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016.
CategoryArtistic Directors, Media Producers and PresentersCategoryAll Jobs Average
Males66.0Males53.8
Females34.0Females46.1

Education Level

Top Education Levels

Highest Level of Education (% share)

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A skill level equal to a Bachelor Degree or higher, or at least 5 years of relevant experience is usually needed. High levels of creative talent or personal commitment and interest are also important.
If you are interested in this style of work, there are a wide range of training options available that could lead to this or a similar job.
The pathway that is right for you will depend on your skills and interests.

It is a good idea to speak to industry bodies, employers, and workers to learn more about the skills and qualifications you will need.

Employers look for Artistic Directors, Media Producers & Presenters who have strong interpersonal skills, can communicate well with a variety of people and work well in a team.

Knowledge

The topics, subjects, or knowledge areas workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Sales and Marketing

    89% Important

    Showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

  2. English Language

    87% Important

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  3. Communications and Media

    83% Important

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  4. Computers and Electronics

    78% Important

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  5. Design

    77% Important

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

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Activities

The work activities workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Thinking Creatively

    98% Important

    Using your own ideas to developing, designing, or creating something new.

  2. Interacting With Computers

    96% Important

    Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

  3. Getting Information

    89% Important

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  4. Building Good Relationships

    88% Important

    Building and keeping constructive and cooperative working relationships with others.

  5. Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work

    87% Important

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

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