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Program Directors

Also called: Director, Program Director, Program Manager, Programming Director

Where in the military? In the military: see titles from the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, or Navy.

What they do:
Direct and coordinate activities of personnel engaged in preparation of radio or television station program schedules and programs, such as sports or news.
On the job, you would:
  • Plan and schedule programming and event coverage, based on broadcast length, time availability, and other factors, such as community needs, ratings data, and viewer demographics.
  • Coordinate activities between departments, such as news and programming.
  • Direct and coordinate activities of personnel engaged in broadcast news, sports, or programming.


  • multimedia
  • telecommunications
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
  • customer service
  • management
Engineering and Technology
  • computers and electronics


Basic Skills
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
  • reading work related information
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


  • listen and understand what people say
  • read and understand what is written
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • create new and original ideas
  • pay attention to something without being distracted
  • do two or more things at the same time


People interested in this work like activities that include leading, making decisions, and business.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Cooperation
  • Self Control
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Analytical Thinking


You might use software like this on the job:

Data base user interface and query software
  • FileMaker Pro software
  • Oracle software
Document management software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat
  • Microsoft Office SharePoint Server MOSS
Web page creation and editing software
  • Content management system CMS software
  • Facebook


Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree or
high school diploma/GED
usually needed

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