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

    You can work as a Film, Television, Radio or Stage Director without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. A course in screen, radio or stage production might be helpful.

    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

    All Film, Television, Radio and Stage Directors

    • $1,539 Weekly Pay
    • Strong Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment
    • 17,000 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 76% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 47 hours Average full-time
    • 37 years Average age
    • 29% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Film, Television, Radio and Stage Directors (in their main job) 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 below average in 2018.
    • Location: Film, Television, Radio and Stage Directors work in many parts of Australia. New South Wales has a large share of workers.
    • Industries: Most work in Information Media and Telecommunications; Arts and Recreation Services; and Professional, Scientific and Technical Services.
    • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $1,539 per week (similar to the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
    • Full-time: Many work full-time (76%, higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 47 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 37 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 29% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

    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 Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (cat. no. 6306.0), May 2018, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. 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 Earnings15391460

    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Information Media and Telecommunications74.8
    Arts and Recreation Services8.6
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services6.1
    Education and Training2.8
    Other Industries7.7

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, 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
    NSW46.631.6
    VIC27.225.6
    QLD11.620.0
    SA4.87.0
    WA5.910.8
    TAS1.22.0
    NT0.91.0
    ACT1.81.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, 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
    15-191.2-5.05.0
    20-249.0-9.39.3
    25-3431.5-22.922.9
    35-4426.7-22.022.0
    45-5419.5-21.621.6
    55-596.1-9.09.0
    60-643.4-6.06.0
    65 and Over2.6-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationFilm, Television, Radio and Stage DirectorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate10.8-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree40.9-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma15.7-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV7.6-21.121.1
    Year 1218.7-18.118.1
    Year 112.8-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below3.4-12.512.5

    You can work as a Film, Television, Radio or Stage Director without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. A course in screen, radio or stage production might be helpful.

    Membership with the Australian Directors Guild may be useful.

    Thinking about study or training?

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

    • Search and compare thousands of higher education courses, and their entry requirements from different institutions across Australia at Course Seeker website.
    • 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.

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    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.

    Filter Skills & Knowledge

    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Communications and Media

      85% Skill level

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

    2. Telecommunications

      68% Skill level

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

    3. Computers and Electronics

      68% Skill level

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

    4. English Language

      66% Skill level

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

    5. Fine Arts

      62% Skill level

      Compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.

    Occupational Information Network
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    The skills and 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.

    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.

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    Demands

    The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

    1. Electronic Mail

      100% Important

      How often do you use electronic mail?

    2. Indoors, Heat Controlled

      100% Important

      How often do you work indoors with access to heating or cooling?

    3. Work With Work Group or Team

      96% Important

      How important is it to work with others in a group or team?

    4. Frequency of Decision Making

      95% Important

      How often do you make decisions that affect other people?

    5. Being Exact or Accurate

      94% Important

      How important is being very exact or highly accurate?

    Occupational Information Network
    O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
    The skills and 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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