Film, Television, Radio and Stage Directors direct the artistic and production aspects of film, television, radio and stage productions.

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

  • studying scripts and scenarios to determine theme and setting
  • assessing locations and staging requirements for productions in association with specialist designers
  • overseeing creative aspects of film, television, radio and stage productions
  • determining lighting, film, shutter angles, filter factors, camera distance, depth of field and focus, angles of view and other variables to achieve desired mood and effect
  • viewing film and video tape to evaluate and select scenes and determine which scenes need to be re-shot
  • planning and organising the preparation and presentation of programs
  • supervising the positioning of scenery, props and lighting and sound equipment
  • assessing technical requirements of productions by studying scripts and discussing program content, set locations and stage directions with production team
  • creating, planning, writing scripts for, recording, videotaping and editing programs

Job Titles

  • Art Director (Film, Television or Stage) or Production Designer
  • Director (Film, Television, Radio or Stage)
  • Director of Photography, or Cinematographer
  • Film and Video Editor
  • Program Director (Television or Radio)
  • Stage Manager
  • Technical Director or Producer
  • Video Producer
  • Other Film, Television, Radio and Stage Directors
  • Art Director (Film, Television or Stage) or Production Designer

    Plans, organises and controls artistic aspects of film, television or stage productions.

  • Director (Film, Television, Radio or Stage)

    Interprets and approves selection of scripts, and directs and instructs cast and crew during filming, recording or performance of productions.

  • Director of Photography, or Cinematographer

    Plans, directs and coordinates filming to control the quality and style of photography in films or videos.

  • Film and Video Editor

    Makes and implements editorial decisions regarding mood, pace and climax of films, television programs, video productions or commercials.

  • Program Director (Television or Radio)

    Compiles and directs programs for television or radio.

  • Stage Manager

    Plans, organises, supervises and coordinates the activities of workers responsible for placing sets and properties, and operating lighting and sound equipment as part of film, television or stage productions.

  • Technical Director or Producer

    Controls the quality of pictures and sound for television or radio programs by directing technical teams and planning and organising technical facilities.

  • Video Producer

    Creates films, television programs, video productions or commercials by filming, adding sound and editing in digital or analogue format.

  • Other Film, Television, Radio and Stage Directors

    Includes Audio Director, Casting Director, Lighting Director, Location Manager (Film or Television)

Fast Facts

  • $1,488 Weekly Pay
  • 17,000 workers Employment Size
  • Strong Future Growth
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • Average unemployment Unemployment
  • 79.3% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 41.9 hours Average full-time
  • 35.5 years Average age
  • 31.6% female Gender Share

The number of Film, Television, Radio and Stage Directors grew very strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to grow strongly over the next 5 years:
from 17,000 in 2018 to 19,000 by 2023.
Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
There are likely to be around 11,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 2,200 a year).

  • Size: This is a medium sized occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was average in 2017.
  • Location: Film, Television, Radio and Stage Directors work in many regions of Australia. Many work in New South Wales or Victoria.
  • Industries: Most work in Information Media and Telecommunications; Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; and Arts and Recreation Services.
  • Earnings: Full-time workers earn around $1,488 per week (higher than the all jobs average of $1,230). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (79.3%, higher than the all jobs average of 68.4%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 41.9 hours per week at work (compared to the all jobs average of 40.0 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 36 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 31.6% of workers are female (compared to the all jobs average of 46.7%).

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
YearNumber of Workers
20089400
20099700
201012000
20117600
20129900
20139800
201411500
201511900
201615700
201713600
201817000
202319000

Weekly Earnings

Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

Source: Based on ABS Characteristics of Employment survey, August 2015, Cat. No. 6333.0, Customised Report. Median earnings are before tax and do not include superannuation. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
EarningsFilm, Television, Radio and Stage DirectorsAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings14881230

Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Information Media and Telecommunications72.6
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services10.5
Arts and Recreation Services7.0
Administrative and Support Services2.5
Other Industries7.4

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 2017, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateFilm, Television, Radio and Stage DirectorsAll Jobs Average
NSW52.031.6
VIC31.426.2
QLD4.019.7
SA3.46.7
WA5.110.8
TAS0.52.0
NT0.61.1
ACT3.11.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketFilm, Television, Radio and Stage DirectorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.0-5.25.2
20-247.1-9.99.9
25-3434.1-23.623.6
35-4426.9-21.721.7
45-5424.0-20.820.8
55-593.6-8.88.8
60-642.9-6.06.0
65 and Over1.4-4.04.0

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

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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.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
  • You might be interested in Creative Arts and Culture VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

The course listings on this page are provided by Good Education Group.

Employers look for Film, Television, Radio and Stage Directors who have strong interpersonal skills, can communicate well with diverse audiences and who are organised and efficient.

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Communications and Media

    89% Important

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

  2. English Language

    84% Important

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

  3. Telecommunications

    80% Important

    Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

  4. Computers and Electronics

    78% Important

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

  5. Production and Processing

    76% Important

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

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Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Getting Information

    88% Important

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  2. Thinking Creatively

    86% Important

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

  3. Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Staff

    85% Important

    Giving information to supervisors, co-workers, and staff by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

  4. Making Decisions and Solving Problems

    84% Important

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  5. Interacting With Computers

    82% Important

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

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 27-2012.02 - Directors- Stage, Motion Pictures, Television, and Radio.

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