Career Details


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
Future Outlook

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

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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.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook

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