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Producer: Career Information

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Job Description:

A producer tends to the business and financial matters involved in making a motion picture, television show or stage production. A producer may also work in other industries, including the video game and computer software industries, dealing with similar matters.

Employment Facts:

There were 99,000 producers employed in 2008.

Educational Requirements:

There are no specific educational requirements to work as a producer, but many employers require a bachelor's degree along with experience. Some producers who work in the entertainment industry begin as actors or writers. Those who work in the video game or software development industries often rise through the ranks of those fields, beginning as testers or programmers. A degree in business management can prove to be very useful to a producer.

Job Outlook:

This field is expected to experience average job growth through 2018.

Earnings:

Producers earned a median annual salary of $66,720 in 2009.

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A Day in a Producer's Life:

On a typical day a producer's tasks might include:

  • Coordinating the activities of writers, directors, managers, and other personnel throughout the production process.
  • Monitoring postproduction processes to ensure accurate completion of details.
  • Performing management activities such as budgeting, scheduling, planning, and marketing.
  • Determining production size, content, and budget, establishing details such as production schedules and management policies.
  • Conduct meetings with staff to discuss production progress and to ensure production objectives are attained.

Sources:
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition, Actors, Producers and Directors, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos093.htm (visited February 17, 2009).
Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, O*NET Online, Producer, on the Internet at http://online.onetcenter.org/link/summary/27-2012.01 (visited February 17, 2009).

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