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.

    Experience in the entertainment industry and proven ability is needed to work as an Artistic Director, Media Producer or Media Presenter. Formal qualifications might be useful but aren't essential. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Artistic Directors, Media Producers & Presenters.

    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

    More about Artistic Directors, Media Producers & Presenters

    All Artistic Directors, Media Producers & Presenters

    All Artistic Directors, Media Producers & Presenters

    • $2,099 Weekly Pay
    • Decline Future Growth
    • Average unemployment Unemployment
    • 9,300 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 76% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 47 hours Average full-time
    • 39 years Average age
    • 43% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Artistic Directors, Media Producers & Presenters (in their main job) fell over the past 5 years and is expected to fall over the next 5 years:
    from 9,300 in 2018 to 8,200 by 2023.
    Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
    There are likely to be around 3,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 600 a year).

    • Size: This is a small occupation.
    • Unemployment: Unemployment was average in 2018.
    • Location: Many Artistic Directors, Media Producers & Presenters work in New South Wales.
    • Industries: Most work in Information Media and Telecommunications; Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; and Arts and Recreation Services.
    • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $2,099 per week (higher than 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 39 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 43% 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
    20089200
    200910900
    201012500
    20119800
    201214200
    201310700
    201411100
    201515900
    201615500
    201713600
    20189300
    20238200

    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.
    EarningsArtistic Directors, Media Producers and PresentersAll Jobs Average
    Full-Time Earnings20991460

    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 Telecommunications59.4
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services16.7
    Arts and Recreation Services14.4
    Education and Training1.8
    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.
    StateArtistic Directors, Media Producers and PresentersAll Jobs Average
    NSW50.531.6
    VIC25.325.6
    QLD11.320.0
    SA4.17.0
    WA5.710.8
    TAS1.22.0
    NT0.81.0
    ACT1.11.9

    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 BracketArtistic Directors, Media Producers and PresentersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-191.1-5.05.0
    20-247.2-9.39.3
    25-3428.9-22.922.9
    35-4429.4-22.022.0
    45-5420.7-21.621.6
    55-595.6-9.09.0
    60-643.6-6.06.0
    65 and Over3.4-4.24.2

    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 QualificationArtistic Directors, Media Producers and PresentersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate9.3-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree41.5-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma13.8-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV6.8-21.121.1
    Year 1221.6-18.118.1
    Year 112.7-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below4.4-12.512.5

    Experience in the entertainment industry and proven ability is needed to work as an Artistic Director, Media Producer or Media Presenter. Formal qualifications might be useful but aren't essential. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Artistic Directors, Media Producers & Presenters.

    Membership with Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance 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.

    Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

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    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.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Communications and media

      80% Skill level

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

    2. English language

      71% Skill level

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

    3. Computers and electronics

      59% Skill level

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

    4. Customer and personal service

      58% Skill level

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

    5. Clerical

      56% Skill level

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

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    Demands

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

    1. Electronic mail

      99% Important

      Use electronic mail.

    2. Face-to-face discussions

      99% Important

      Talk with people face-to-face.

    3. Telephone

      98% Important

      Talk on the telephone.

    4. Teamwork

      95% Important

      Work with people in a group or team.

    5. Contact with people

      95% Important

      Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

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