Technical Directors control the quality of pictures and sound for television or radio programs by directing technical teams and planning and organising technical facilities.
Assessing technical requirements of productions by studying scripts and discussing programme content, set locations and stage directions with the production team.
- 212311 Art Directors (Film, Television or Stage)
- 212312 Directors (Film, Television, Radio or Stage)
- 212313 Cinematographers
- 212314 Film and Video Editors
- 212315 Program Directors (Television or Radio)
- 212316 Stage Managers
- 212317 Technical Directors
- 212318 Video Producers
- 212399 Other Film, Television, Radio and Stage Directors
Vocational Education and Training (VET)
Informal or on-the-job
JSA produces employment projections to show where likely future job opportunities may be. Employment projections data are only produced for occupations at the broad four digit Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) level. While data are not available for this occupation, projections data are available for the parent occupation, Film, Television, Radio and Stage Directors, under the outlook section.
Earnings and hours
Around 91% of people employed as Technical Directors work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 25 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).
Sources:Full-time share and full-time hours: ABS, 2016 Census, customised report. Compared to the all jobs average.
Most Technical Directors work in the Information media and telecommunications industry. They are also employed in industries like:
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report.
Employment across Australia
Employment by State and Territory (% Share)
|State||Technical Directors||All Jobs Average|
Around 90% of Technical 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.
Age and gender
The median age of Technical Directors is 42 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 18% of the workforce. This is 30 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)
|Age Bracket||Technical Directors||All Jobs Average|
|65 and Over||4.1||4.2|
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Education, training and experience
Experience in the entertainment industry and proven ability is needed to work as a Technical Director. Some workers also have a university or Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification in screen production.
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Highest Level of Education (% Share)
|Type of Qualification||Technical Directors||All Jobs Average|
|Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate||9.1||10.1|
|Year 10 and below||2.7||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 can be improved through training or experience.
Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.
63%Coordination with others
Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
Talking to others.
Reading work related information.
Teaching people how to do something.
55%Management of personnel resources
Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.
Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.
54%Judgment and decision making
Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.
Understanding why people react the way they do.
Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.
Writing things for co-workers or customers.
50%Complex problem solving
Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.
Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.
Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.
Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.
Looking for ways to help people.
Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.
These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.
78%Communications and media
Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
64%Computers and electronics
Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
57%Education and training
Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
57%Administration and management
Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.
57%Engineering and technology
Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.
56%Customer and personal service
Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
53%Production and processing
Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.
Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.
Compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.
38%Sales and marketing
Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
36%Personnel and human resources
Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.
25%Public safety and security
Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.
Describing land, sea, and air, including their physical characteristics, locations, how they work together, and the location of plant, animal, and human life.
20%Therapy and counselling
Diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and career counselling and guidance.
19%Economics and accounting
Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.
17%Law and government
How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.
Workers use these physical and mental abilities..
Listen to and understand what people say.
Communicate by speaking.
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.
Read and understand written information.
Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.
Write in a way that people can understand.
See details that are far away.
Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.
Notice differences between colours, including shades of colour and brightness.
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.
Speak clearly so others can understand you.
Identify and understand the speech of another person.
Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.
Pay attention to something without being distracted.
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).
Come up with different ways of grouping things.
48%Flexibility of closure
See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.
Do two or more things at the same time.
These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.
76%Communicating within a team
Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.
74%Keeping your knowledge up-to-date
Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.
73%Building good relationships
Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.
Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.
68%Working with computers
Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
67%Documenting or recording information
Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
66%Negotiating and resolving conflicts
Handling complaints and disagreements, and negotiating with people.
66%Planning and prioritising work
Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.
63%Communicating with the public
Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.
62%Monitoring people, processes and things
Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.
61%Making decisions and solving problems
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
60%Assessing and evaluating things
Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.
59%Researching and investigating
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
57%Coordinating the work of a team
Getting members of a group to work together to finish a task.
56%Scheduling work and activities
Working out the timing of events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
53%Looking for changes over time
Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.
52%Guiding and directing staff
Guiding and directing staff, including setting and monitoring performance standards.
50%Leading and encouraging a team
Encouraging and building trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
50%Explaining things to people
Helping people to understand and use information.
47%Helping and caring for others
Providing personal assistance, medical attention, or emotional support.
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 are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.
Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.
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.
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.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
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.
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.
Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Use electronic mail.
Talk with people face-to-face.
Work with people in a group or team.
86%Being exact or accurate
Be very exact or highly accurate.
85%Indoors, heat controlled
Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.
Talk on the telephone.
84%Contact with people
Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.
81%Freedom to make decisions
Have freedom to make decision on your own.
Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.
78%Frequent decision making
Frequently make decisions that impact other people.
Work to strict deadlines.
77%Impact of decisions
Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.
76%Letters and memos
Write letters and memos.
76%Lead or coordinate a team
Lead others to do work activities.
75%Responsible for outcomes
Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.
74%Contact with the public
Work with customers or the public.
73%Spend time sitting
Spend time sitting at work.
68%Using your hands to handle, control, or feel
Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.
63%Consequence of error
Work where mistakes have serious consequences.
Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.
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