Program Directors (Television or Radio) compile and direct programs for television or radio.

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

    Tasks

    • Studies scripts and scenarios to determine theme and setting.
    • Oversees creative aspects of television and radio productions.
    • Plans and organises the preparation and presentation of programmes.

    All Film, Television, Radio and Stage Directors

    • $1,539 Weekly Pay
    • Strong Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment

    Program Directors (Television or Radio)

    • 1,100 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 77% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 44 hours Average full-time
    • 37 years Average age
    • 50% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Program Directors (Television or Radio) (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
    from 1,100 in 2011 to 1,100 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Program Directors (Television or Radio) work in many parts of Australia. New South Wales has a large share of workers.
    • Industries: Most work in the Information Media and Telecommunications industry.
    • Full-time: Many work full-time (77%, higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 44 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: 50% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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    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 Telecommunications91.6
    Arts and Recreation Services1.9
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services1.5
    Financial and Insurance Services1.1
    Other Industries3.9

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateProgram Directors (Television or Radio)All Jobs Average
    NSW45.531.6
    VIC22.625.6
    QLD11.520.0
    SA5.27.0
    WA7.310.8
    TAS2.32.0
    NT2.41.0
    ACT3.21.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketProgram Directors (Television or Radio)All Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.6-5.05.0
    20-249.3-9.39.3
    25-3433.3-22.922.9
    35-4425.2-22.022.0
    45-5419.2-21.621.6
    55-596.8-9.09.0
    60-643.3-6.06.0
    65 and Over2.2-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS, 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 QualificationProgram Directors (Television or Radio)All Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate14.5-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree46.2-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma12.2-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV4.7-21.121.1
    Year 1217.6-18.118.1
    Year 112.1-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below2.7-12.512.5

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

    Membership with the Australian Directors Guild may be useful.

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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.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Communications and Media

      72% Skill level

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

    2. English Language

      72% Skill level

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

    3. Clerical

      69% Skill level

      Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

    4. Customer and Personal Service

      69% Skill level

      Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

    5. Computers and Electronics

      68% Skill level

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

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    1. Electronic Mail

      100% Important

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    2. Telephone

      100% Important

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    3. Contact With Others

      98% Important

      How much do you have contact with people (face-to-face, by telephone, or any other way)?

    4. Indoors, Heat Controlled

      98% Important

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

    5. Face-to-Face Discussions

      96% Important

      How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

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