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Directors- Stage, Motion Pictures, Television, & Radio

Also called: Artistic Director, Director, Newscast Director, Television Director (TV Director)

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What they do:
Interpret script, conduct rehearsals, and direct activities of cast and technical crew for stage, motion pictures, television, or radio programs.
On the job, you would:
  • Supervise and coordinate the work of camera, lighting, design, and sound crew members.
  • Plan details such as framing, composition, camera movement, sound, and actor movement for each shot or scene.
  • Direct live broadcasts, films and recordings, or non-broadcast programming for public entertainment or education.


  • multimedia
  • telecommunications
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
  • music, dance, visual arts, drama, or sculpture
Engineering and Technology
  • computers and electronics
  • product and service development
Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • manufacture and distribution of products


Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • talking to others
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
  • changing what is done based on other people's actions
  • understanding people's reactions


  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • use rules to solve problems
  • come up with lots of ideas
  • do two or more things at the same time
  • pay attention to something without being distracted


People interested in this work like activities that include leading, making decisions, and business.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Cooperation
  • Dependability
  • Leadership
  • Initiative
  • Achievement/Effort


You might use software like this on the job:

Video creation and editing software
  • Apple Final Cut Pro
  • Avid NewsCutter
Music or sound editing software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Audition
  • Avid Audio Pro Tools
Graphics or photo imaging software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe After Effects
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop software


Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree or
certificate after college
usually needed

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