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

    You can work as a Technical Director without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. A course in screen production might be helpful.

    Tasks

    • Assessing technical requirements of productions by studying scripts and discussing programme content, set locations and stage directions with the production team.

    All Film, Television, Radio and Stage Directors

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

    Technical Directors

    • 390 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 91% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 47 hours Average full-time
    • 42 years Average age
    • 18% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Technical Directors (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
    from 390 in 2011 to 390 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Technical Directors work in many parts of Australia. New South Wales has a large share of workers.
    • Industries: Most work in Information Media and Telecommunications; Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; and Arts and Recreation Services.
    • Full-time: Most work full-time (91%, much 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 42 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 18% 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 Telecommunications77.9
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services6.3
    Arts and Recreation Services2.6
    Construction2.4
    Other Industries10.8

    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.
    StateTechnical DirectorsAll Jobs Average
    NSW52.631.6
    VIC21.225.6
    QLD12.220.0
    SA5.07.0
    WA4.010.8
    TAS0.82.0
    NT2.11.0
    ACT2.11.9

    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 BracketTechnical DirectorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.0-5.05.0
    20-242.8-9.39.3
    25-3419.6-22.922.9
    35-4434.5-22.022.0
    45-5428.9-21.621.6
    55-595.7-9.09.0
    60-644.4-6.06.0
    65 and Over4.1-4.24.2

    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 QualificationTechnical DirectorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate9.1-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree31.0-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma19.2-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV16.8-21.121.1
    Year 1218.4-18.118.1
    Year 112.7-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below2.7-12.512.5

    You can work as a Technical Director without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. A course in screen production might be helpful.

    Membership with the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance 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

      78% Skill level

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

    2. English Language

      66% Skill level

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

    3. Computers and Electronics

      64% Skill level

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

    4. Telecommunications

      58% Skill level

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

    5. Education and Training

      57% Skill level

      Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

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    Demands

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

    1. Electronic Mail

      93% Important

      How often do you use electronic mail?

    2. Face-to-Face Discussions

      91% Important

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

    3. Work With Work Group or Team

      91% Important

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

    4. Being Exact or Accurate

      86% Important

      How important is being very exact or highly accurate?

    5. Indoors, Heat Controlled

      85% Important

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

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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, 27-2012.05 - Technical Directors/Managers.

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