Producer and Director

Career Overview

A producer is the person who bears most of the responsibility for a film’s production. In other words, the producer has significant decision-making authority over all phases of a film’s production. A director is a person who contributes to all creative elements relating to the making of a motion picture and participates in molding and integrating them into one dramatic performance.


A four-year bachelor’s degree in the performing arts, broadcasting, journalism, business administration, theater production, or film studies is likely necessary to obtain one of these positions.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$32,000 /yr
$70,000 /yr
$189,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Psychology
  • Math
  • Art
  • Performing Arts
  • Business
  • English - as much as possible!
  • Communication
  • Marketing
  • Photography
  • Videography
Work Environment

Producers and directors typically work for movie, television, or radio production companies. Many work under a lot of pressure because of tight deadlines.

Future Outlook

There will likely be strong competition for these positions. Opportunities may differ based on geographical location.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada