Artistic Directors, Media Producers & Presenters

ANZSCO ID 2121

Overview

Snapshot

Employed
16,600
Future Growth
0.8%
Weekly Earnings
$1,888
Full-Time Share
76%
Female Share
43%
Average age
39

Summary

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.

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

Characteristics

Job Type
Professionals
Skill Level
Very high skill
ANZSCO Occupation group
Unemployment Rate
Above average
Industries
Pathway(s)
  • University
  • Vocational Education and Training (VET)
  • Informal or on-the-job
Interests
  • Creative
  • Enterprising
Physical Demand
  • Sedentary
  • Light

Outlook

Employment Outlook

The NSC produces employment projections to show where likely future job opportunities may be. The latest data are for the five years from November 2021 to November 2026. Over this period, the number of workers in this occupation is likely to remain stable.

Source: National Skills Commission Employment Projections to 2026.

Notes: The number employed includes people who work in this occupation as their main job. People who work in more than one job are counted against the occupation they work the most hours in.

Employment projections figures are rounded to the nearest 100. Calculations based on these rounded figures may result in differences to the numbers that are displayed on this page. Employment projections data (including occupations) can be downloaded from the Employment Projections page.

Projected Change
0.8%
(or 100 jobs)
From
12,900
in 2021
To
13,000
in 2026

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, ABS seasonally adjusted data to November 2021 and National Skills Commission Employment Projections to 2026.
Year Employment
2011 10,600
2012 14,300
2013 12,000
2014 12,700
2015 17,100
2016 10,800
2017 11,800
2018 15,700
2019 15,300
2020 10,800
2021 12,900
2026 13,000

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, ABS seasonally adjusted data to November 2021 and National Skills Commission Employment Projections to 2026.


Earnings and hours

Working arrangements

  • Around 76% of people employed as Artistic Directors, Media Producers & Presenters work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 10 percentage points above the all jobs average (66%).

    Full-time workers work an average of 47 hours per week in their main job. This is 3 hours more than the all jobs average (44 hours per week).

    More than a third of workers regularly work overtime or extra hours (either paid or unpaid).

    Median full-time earnings are $1,888 per week, this is much higher than the all jobs median ($1,593):

    • 3 in 4 workers earn more than $1,500
    • 1 in 4 earn more than $2,500

    Median hourly earnings are $50, this is more than the all jobs median ($41 per hour).

    Sources: Full-time share and full-time hours: ABS, 2016 Census, customised report. Compared to the all jobs average. Overtime hours: ABS, Characteristics of Employment, 2021. Full-time median earnings and median hourly earnings: ABS, Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours, May 2021. Compared to all jobs median.

Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours, May 2021, 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.
Earnings Artistic Directors, Media Producers & Presenters All Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings 1,888 1,593
Total Earnings 0 0

Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours, May 2021, 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.


Industries

Main industries

1
Information Media and Telecommunications
70.9%
2
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services
12.1%
3
Arts and Recreation Services
11.3%
4
Manufacturing
1.4%
5
Other industries
3.5%

Regions

Employment across Australia

NSW

50.5% All occupations: 31.6%

VIC

25.3% All occupations: 25.6%

QLD

11.3% All occupations: 20.0%

SA

4.1% All occupations: 7.0%

WA

5.7% All occupations: 10.8%

TAS

1.2% All occupations: 2.0%

NT

0.8% All occupations: 1.0%

ACT

1.1% All occupations: 1.9%

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

State Artistic Directors, Media Producers & Presenters All Jobs Average
NSW 50.5 31.6
VIC 25.3 25.6
QLD 11.3 20.0
SA 4.1 7.0
WA 5.7 10.8
TAS 1.2 2.0
NT 0.8 1.0
ACT 1.1 1.9


  • Around 82% of Artistic Directors, Media Producers & Presenters live in capital cities, compared with the all jobs average of 62%.

    New South Wales has a large share of employment relative to its population size.

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian states, territories and regions, in this job compared to the all jobs average.


Worker profile

Age and gender

Age In Years
39
All Jobs Average is 40
Female Share
43%
All Jobs Average is 48%
  • The median age of Artistic Directors, Media Producers andPresenters is 39 years. This is similar to the all jobs average of 40 years.

    A large share of workers are aged 35 to 44 years.

    Females make up 43% of the workforce. This is 5 percentage points below the all jobs average of 48%.

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile and gender share compared to the all jobs average.

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 Bracket Artistic Directors, Media Producers & Presenters All Jobs Average
15-19 1.1 5.0
20-24 7.2 9.3
25-34 28.9 22.9
35-44 29.4 22.0
45-54 20.7 21.6
55-59 5.6 9.0
60-64 3.6 6.0
65 and Over 3.4 4.2
Median Age 39 40

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.


Employment Pathways

Education, training and experience

Experience in the entertainment industry and proven ability is needed to work as an Artistic Director, Media Producer or Media Presenter. Some workers also have formal qualifications. University and Vocational Education and Training (VET) are both common study pathways.

Visit

  • Course Seeker to search and compare higher education courses.
  • ComparED to compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes.
  • My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
  • AAPathways website to explore Creative Arts and Culture VET training pathways.

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 Qualification Artistic Directors, Media Producers & Presenters All Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate 9.3 10.1
Bachelor degree 41.5 21.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma 13.8 11.6
Certificate III/IV 6.8 21.1
Year 12 21.6 18.1
Year 11 2.7 4.8
Year 10 and below 4.4 12.5

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.


Skills and Knowledge

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.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  • 68%

    Coordination with others

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  • 64%

    Monitoring

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  • 63%

    Time management

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  • 61%

    Active listening

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  • 61%

    Reading comprehension

    Reading work related information.

  • 61%

    Writing

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  • 59%

    Speaking

    Talking to others.

  • 59%

    Persuasion

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  • 57%

    Critical thinking

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  • 57%

    Judgment and decision making

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  • 57%

    Management of personnel resources

    Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.

  • 57%

    Active learning

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  • 57%

    Management of financial resources

    Figuring out how money is needed to do something, and keeping track of the money that's being spent.

  • 55%

    Negotiation

    Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.

  • 54%

    Complex problem solving

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  • 54%

    Social perceptiveness

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  • 46%

    Management of material resources

    Providing the right equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do work.

  • 46%

    Systems analysis

    Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.

  • 41%

    Instructing

    Teaching people how to do something.

  • 41%

    Learning strategies

    Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.


Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  • 80%

    Communications and media

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

  • 71%

    English language

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

  • 59%

    Computers and electronics

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

  • 58%

    Customer and personal service

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

  • 56%

    Clerical

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

  • 53%

    Education and training

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

  • 51%

    Philosophy and theology

    Philosophical systems and religions, including their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and impact on society.

  • 51%

    Sociology and anthropology

    Group behaviour and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.

  • 51%

    Administration and management

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  • 49%

    Geography

    Describing land, sea, and air, including their physical characteristics, locations, how they work together, and the location of plant, animal, and human life.

  • 48%

    Psychology

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  • 46%

    Telecommunications

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

  • 43%

    Personnel and human resources

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  • 43%

    Sales and marketing

    Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

  • 42%

    Fine arts

    Compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.

  • 41%

    Law and government

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  • 40%

    History and archeology

    Events of the past, their causes, how we learn about them, and how they influence the way we live today.

  • 39%

    Public safety and security

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  • 34%

    Economics and accounting

    Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.

  • 32%

    Technical design

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.


Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities..

  • 63%

    Written expression

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  • 61%

    Oral expression

    Communicate by speaking.

  • 59%

    Deductive reasoning

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  • 59%

    Oral comprehension

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  • 59%

    Written comprehension

    Read and understand written information.

  • 57%

    Speech recognition

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  • 57%

    Near vision

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  • 57%

    Brainstorming

    Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.

  • 55%

    Problem spotting

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  • 55%

    Speech clarity

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  • 55%

    Originality

    Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.

  • 54%

    Inductive reasoning

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  • 50%

    Sorting or ordering

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  • 48%

    Far vision

    See details that are far away.

  • 46%

    Visualization

    Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.

  • 45%

    Categorising

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  • 45%

    Mathematics

    Choose the right maths method or formula to solve a problem.

  • 43%

    Selective attention

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  • 43%

    Working with numbers

    Add, subtract, multiply, or divide.

  • 30%

    Flexibility of closure

    See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.


Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  • 78%

    Thinking creatively

    Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.

  • 72%

    Building good relationships

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  • 72%

    Researching and investigating

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  • 72%

    Planning and prioritising work

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  • 72%

    Communicating with the public

    Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  • 71%

    Communicating within a team

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  • 67%

    Making decisions and solving problems

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  • 65%

    Working with the public

    Greeting or serving customers, clients or guests, and public speaking or performing.

  • 64%

    Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  • 63%

    Coordinating the work of a team

    Getting members of a group to work together to finish a task.

  • 59%

    Looking for changes over time

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  • 58%

    Collecting and organising information

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  • 58%

    Assessing and evaluating things

    Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.

  • 50%

    Scheduling work and activities

    Working out the timing of events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.

  • 49%

    Monitoring people, processes and things

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  • 46%

    Leading and encouraging a team

    Encouraging and building trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.

  • 45%

    Explaining things to people

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  • 43%

    Working with computers

    Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

  • 43%

    Coming up with systems and processes

    Deciding on goals and figuring out what you need to do to achieve them.

  • 43%

    Documenting or recording information

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.


Interests and demands

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  • 95%

    Enterprising

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  • 81%

    Creative

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

  • 48%

    Administrative

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  • 43%

    Helping

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  • 19%

    Practical

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  • 14%

    Analytical

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.


Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.
  • 86%

    Achievement

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  • 86%

    Independence

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  • 86%

    Recognition

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

  • 74%

    Working conditions

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  • 71%

    Relationships

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

  • 43%

    Support

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.


Demands

The physical and social demands that workers face most often are shown below:
  • 99%

    Electronic mail

    Use electronic mail.

  • 99%

    Face-to-face discussions

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  • 98%

    Telephone

    Talk on the telephone.

  • 95%

    Teamwork

    Work with people in a group or team.

  • 95%

    Contact with people

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

  • 95%

    Time pressure

    Work to strict deadlines.

  • 93%

    Being exact or accurate

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  • 93%

    Frequent decision making

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  • 91%

    Freedom to make decisions

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  • 90%

    Impact of decisions

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  • 90%

    Unstructured work

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  • 89%

    Lead or coordinate a team

    Lead others to do work activities.

  • 87%

    Responsible for outcomes

    Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.

  • 83%

    Indoors, heat controlled

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  • 81%

    Competition

    Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.

  • 81%

    Spend time sitting

    Spend time sitting at work.

  • 80%

    Letters and memos

    Write letters and memos.

  • 79%

    Conflict situations

    Deal with conflict or disagreements.

  • 71%

    Physically close to people

    Work physically close to other people.

  • 70%

    Angry or unpleasant people

    Deal with unpleasant, angry, or rude people.

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