Career Overview

Actors portray characters in television, movie, commercial, and theater productions.


A high school diploma, or equivalent, is likely necessary to obtain these positions. A four-year bachelor's degree in theater or a related field might make one more employable. Any training in acting, singing, and dancing will also make an individual more valuable.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$18,000 /yr
$36,000 /yr
$200,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Psychology
  • Dance
  • Art
  • Performing Arts
  • English - as much as possible!
  • Take as many college-prep courses as possible!
  • Foreign Languages
Work Environment

Actors typically work for theaters, production studios, touring companies, and theme parks. Many of these positions only last a limited amount of time, so many actors must have an additional job. Many actors only work part-time.

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