Film, Television, Radio and Stage Directors

ANZSCO ID 2123

Overview

Snapshot

Employed
15,000
Future Growth
11%
Weekly Earnings
$1,816
Full-Time Share
76%
Female Share
29%
Average age
37

Summary

Film, Television, Radio and Stage Directors direct the artistic and production aspects of film, television, radio and stage productions.

Tasks

  • studying scripts and scenarios to determine theme and setting

  • assessing locations and staging requirements for productions in association with specialist designers

  • overseeing creative aspects of film, television, radio and stage productions

  • determining lighting, film, shutter angles, filter factors, camera distance, depth of field and focus, angles of view and other variables to achieve desired mood and effect

  • viewing film and video tape to evaluate and select scenes and determine which scenes need to be re-shot

  • planning and organising the preparation and presentation of programs

  • supervising the positioning of scenery, props and lighting and sound equipment

  • assessing technical requirements of productions by studying scripts and discussing program content, set locations and stage directions with production team

  • creating, planning, writing scripts for, recording, videotaping and editing programs


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:

  • is expected to grow strongly
  • is likely to reach 17,400 by 2026.
  • 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
11%
(or 1,700 jobs)
From
15,700
in 2021
To
17,400
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 8,800
2012 7,900
2013 12,100
2014 7,600
2015 15,300
2016 16,500
2017 13,900
2018 12,600
2019 18,200
2020 16,400
2021 15,700
2026 17,400

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 Film, Television, Radio and Stage Directors 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).

    Median full-time earnings are $1,816 per week, this is much higher than the all jobs median ($1,593):

    • 3 in 4 workers earn more than $1,463
    • 1 in 4 earn more than $2,184

    Median hourly earnings are $46, 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. 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 Film, Television, Radio and Stage Directors All Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings 1,816 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
77.3%
2
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services
7.6%
3
Arts and Recreation Services
7.6%
4
Education and Training
2.9%
5
Other industries
4.7%

Regions

Employment across Australia

NSW

46.6% All occupations: 31.6%

VIC

27.2% All occupations: 25.6%

QLD

11.6% All occupations: 20.0%

SA

4.8% All occupations: 7.0%

WA

5.9% All occupations: 10.8%

TAS

1.2% All occupations: 2.0%

NT

0.9% All occupations: 1.0%

ACT

1.8% All occupations: 1.9%

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

State Film, Television, Radio and Stage Directors All Jobs Average
NSW 46.6 31.6
VIC 27.2 25.6
QLD 11.6 20.0
SA 4.8 7.0
WA 5.9 10.8
TAS 1.2 2.0
NT 0.9 1.0
ACT 1.8 1.9


  • Around 83% of Film, Television, Radio and Stage Directors 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
37
All Jobs Average is 40
Female Share
29%
All Jobs Average is 48%
  • The median age of Film, Television, Radio and Stage Directors is 37 years. This is similar to the all jobs average of 40 years.

    A large share of workers are aged 25 to 34 years.

    Females make up 29% of the workforce. This is 19 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 Film, Television, Radio and Stage Directors All Jobs Average
15-19 1.2 5.0
20-24 9.0 9.3
25-34 31.5 22.9
35-44 26.7 22.0
45-54 19.5 21.6
55-59 6.1 9.0
60-64 3.4 6.0
65 and Over 2.6 4.2
Median Age 37 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

Formal qualifications are not essential to work as a Film, Television, Radio or Stage Director. Although some workers have a university degree or a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification in screen and media, graphics, art, design, radio or stage production.

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 Film, Television, Radio and Stage Directors All Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate 10.8 10.1
Bachelor degree 40.9 21.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma 15.7 11.6
Certificate III/IV 7.6 21.1
Year 12 18.7 18.1
Year 11 2.8 4.8
Year 10 and below 3.4 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 Film, Television, Radio and Stage Directors who have strong interpersonal skills, can communicate well with diverse audiences and who are organised and efficient.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  • 57%

    Active listening

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

  • 57%

    Speaking

    Talking to others.

  • 55%

    Coordination with others

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  • 55%

    Reading comprehension

    Reading work related information.

  • 52%

    Critical thinking

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

  • 52%

    Time management

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

  • 52%

    Management of personnel resources

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

  • 52%

    Monitoring

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

  • 50%

    Instructing

    Teaching people how to do something.

  • 50%

    Judgment and decision making

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

  • 50%

    Persuasion

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  • 50%

    Negotiation

    Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.

  • 48%

    Social perceptiveness

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  • 48%

    Writing

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  • 46%

    Active learning

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

  • 45%

    Complex problem solving

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

  • 43%

    Learning strategies

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

  • 43%

    Systems analysis

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

  • 43%

    Systems evaluation

    Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.

  • 37%

    Serving others

    Looking for ways to help people.


Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  • 85%

    Communications and media

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

  • 68%

    Telecommunications

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

  • 68%

    Computers and electronics

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

  • 66%

    English language

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

  • 62%

    Fine arts

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

  • 60%

    Production and processing

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  • 57%

    Administration and management

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

  • 53%

    Engineering and technology

    Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  • 52%

    Clerical

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

  • 52%

    Customer and personal service

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

  • 51%

    Education and training

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

  • 50%

    Personnel and human resources

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

  • 48%

    Sales and marketing

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

  • 44%

    Technical design

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

  • 42%

    Psychology

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

  • 40%

    Sociology and anthropology

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

  • 39%

    Mathematics

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  • 36%

    Law and government

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

  • 27%

    Public safety and security

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

  • 25%

    Economics and accounting

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


Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities..

  • 59%

    Oral comprehension

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  • 59%

    Originality

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

  • 57%

    Oral expression

    Communicate by speaking.

  • 55%

    Brainstorming

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

  • 55%

    Deductive reasoning

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  • 55%

    Written comprehension

    Read and understand written information.

  • 55%

    Written expression

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  • 54%

    Inductive reasoning

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

  • 54%

    Speech clarity

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  • 54%

    Speech recognition

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  • 52%

    Near vision

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

  • 52%

    Problem spotting

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

  • 50%

    Sorting or ordering

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

  • 50%

    Categorising

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  • 50%

    Far vision

    See details that are far away.

  • 46%

    Visualization

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

  • 45%

    Multitasking

    Do two or more things at the same time.

  • 45%

    Colour discrimination

    Notice differences between colours, including shades of colour and brightness.

  • 41%

    Selective attention

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  • 41%

    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.

  • 74%

    Communicating within a team

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

  • 73%

    Planning and prioritising work

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

  • 72%

    Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

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

  • 71%

    Working with the public

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

  • 69%

    Researching and investigating

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  • 68%

    Coordinating the work of a team

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

  • 68%

    Negotiating and resolving conflicts

    Handling complaints and disagreements, and negotiating with people.

  • 68%

    Thinking creatively

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

  • 67%

    Building good relationships

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  • 63%

    Monitoring people, processes and things

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

  • 62%

    Making decisions and solving problems

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

  • 61%

    Scheduling work and activities

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

  • 59%

    Leading and encouraging a team

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

  • 56%

    Looking for changes over time

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

  • 51%

    Guiding and directing staff

    Guiding and directing staff, including setting and monitoring performance standards.

  • 50%

    Working with computers

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

  • 50%

    Assessing and evaluating things

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

  • 42%

    Checking for errors or defects

    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

  • 40%

    Explaining things to people

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  • 39%

    Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.


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.

  • 90%

    Creative

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

  • 52%

    Helping

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  • 48%

    Administrative

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

  • 29%

    Practical

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

  • 24%

    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.
  • 95%

    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.

  • 81%

    Achievement

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

  • 76%

    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.

  • 71%

    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.

  • 38%

    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:
  • 100%

    Electronic mail

    Use electronic mail.

  • 100%

    Indoors, heat controlled

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  • 96%

    Teamwork

    Work with people in a group or team.

  • 95%

    Frequent decision making

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  • 94%

    Being exact or accurate

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  • 94%

    Time pressure

    Work to strict deadlines.

  • 94%

    Face-to-face discussions

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  • 93%

    Spend time sitting

    Spend time sitting at work.

  • 93%

    Freedom to make decisions

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  • 91%

    Lead or coordinate a team

    Lead others to do work activities.

  • 89%

    Contact with people

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

  • 87%

    Impact of decisions

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  • 87%

    Telephone

    Talk on the telephone.

  • 82%

    Repeating same tasks

    Repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping.

  • 77%

    Responsible for outcomes

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

  • 76%

    Making repetitive motions

    Spend time making repetitive motions.

  • 75%

    Unstructured work

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

  • 72%

    Physically close to people

    Work physically close to other people.

  • 71%

    Competition

    Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.

  • 66%

    Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

    Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

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