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Program Directors

Direct and coordinate activities of personnel engaged in preparation of radio or television station program schedules and programs, such as sports or news.   (O'Net 27-2012.03)

 
Reported job titles:   Assistant GM of Content & Delivery, Assistant News Director, Broadcast Operations Director, Cable Television Program Director, Director, Director of Content and Programming, Director of Programming, Director of Programming and Special Events, Director of Public Affairs, Programming and Special Promotions, Educational Programming Director, Ex Assistant/Program Director, Executive Director of Content Development, Format Director Inspiration Format Operations Manager, Group Program Manager, Manager of Broadcast Content, News Director, Newscast Director, Operations Director, Production Director, Program and Research Coordinator, Program Coordinator, Program Director, Program Director, Air Talent, Program Director/Air Personality, Program Director/Master Control Supervisor, Program Director/Morning Show Host, Program Director/Music Director, Program Director/Traffic Director, Program Manager, Program Supervisor, Program/Music Director, Programming Coordinator, Programming Director, Public Service Director, Radio Program Director, Research/Program Director, Sports Director, Station Manager, Television Program Director (TV Program Director), TV News Director, Vice President of News
 
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    Wages
    for Producers and Directors which includes:
                          - Producers
                          - Directors- Stage, Motion Pictures, Television, and Radio
                          - Program Directors
                          - Talent Directors
                          - Technical Directors/Managers
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     Location Pay
    Period
    2016
    Percentile Wages Average
    Wage
    10% 25% 50%
    Median
    75% 90%
     Vermont Hourly $ 15.12   $ 17.95   $ 24.78   $ 31.53   $ 39.69   $ 27.97  
    Yearly $31,450   $37,340   $51,540   $65,580   $82,560   $58,170  
     
     Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metropolitan NECTA Hourly $ 16.79   $ 20.24   $ 28.05   $ 34.91   $ 54.35   $ 32.11  
    Yearly $34,930   $42,090   $58,350   $72,620   $113,040   $66,780  
     
     Southern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 12.50   $ 15.65   $ 20.01   $ 25.48   $ 33.21   $ 21.18  
    Yearly $26,010   $32,560   $41,630   $53,000   $69,080   $44,050  
     
     Northern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 12.22   $ 15.39   $ 17.95   $ 25.15   $ 29.33   $ 20.47  
    Yearly $25,420   $32,010   $37,330   $52,310   $61,010   $42,570  
     
    What are Percentile Wages?
    source: Occupational Employment Statistics, Vermont Labor Market Information, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released April 2017.
     


    Employment Trends
    for Producers and Directors which includes:
                                  - Producers
                                  - Directors- Stage, Motion Pictures, Television, and Radio
                                  - Program Directors
                                  - Talent Directors
                                  - Technical Directors/Managers
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    Location Employment Annual % change
    (compounded)
    Annual job openings
    (due to growth and
    net replacements)
    2014 2024
    Vermont 471 487 0.3% 17
    source: Employment Projections, Vermont Economic & Labor Market Information, in cooperation with U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, statewide estimates released July 2016.
     


    Industries of Employment
    for Producers and Directors which includes:
                                - Producers
                                - Directors- Stage, Motion Pictures, Television, and Radio
                                - Program Directors
                                - Talent Directors
                                - Technical Directors/Managers
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    Industry Percent of Total
    2014
    Motion picture, video, and sound recording industries 26.7%
    Broadcasting (except Internet) 23.2%
    Self-employed workers, all industries 20.7%
    Performing arts, spectator sports, and related industries 8.4%
    Advertising, public relations, and related services 5.6%
    source: Employment Projections, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Employment Matrix, released July 2016.
     


    Tasks
    for Program Directors
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  • Plan and schedule programming and event coverage, based on broadcast length, time availability, and other factors, such as community needs, ratings data, and viewer demographics.
     
  • Coordinate activities between departments, such as news and programming.
     
  • Direct and coordinate activities of personnel engaged in broadcast news, sports, or programming.
     
  • Monitor and review programming to ensure that schedules are met, guidelines are adhered to, and performances are of adequate quality.
     
  • Check completed program logs for accuracy and conformance with Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules and regulations and resolve program log inaccuracies.
     
  • Establish work schedules and assign work to staff members.
     
  • Monitor network transmissions for advisories concerning daily program schedules, program content, special feeds, or program changes.
     
  • Prepare copy and edit tape so that material is ready for broadcasting.
     
  • Confer with directors and production staff to discuss issues such as production and casting problems, budgets, policies, and news coverage.
     
  • Develop ideas for programs and features that a station could produce.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Program Directors  updated July 2012
     


    Knowledge
    for Program Directors
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  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
     
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
     
  • Communications and Media - Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
     
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
     
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
     
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
     
  • Personnel and Human Resources - Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
     
  • Telecommunications - Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
     
  • Economics and Accounting - Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
     
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Program Directors  updated July 2012
     


    Skills
    for Program Directors
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  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
     
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
     
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
     
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
     
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
     
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
     
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
     
  • Management of Personnel Resources - Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
     
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
     
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Program Directors  updated July 2012
     


    Abilities
    for Program Directors
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  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
     
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
     
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
     
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
     
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
     
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
     
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
     
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
     
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
     
  • Originality - The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Program Directors  updated July 2012
     


    Work Activities
    for Program Directors
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  • Interacting With Computers - Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
     
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization - Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.
     
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates - Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
     
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work - Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
     
  • Getting Information - Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
     
  • Thinking Creatively - Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
     
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge - Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
     
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events - Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
     
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems - Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
     
  • Scheduling Work and Activities - Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Program Directors  updated July 2012
     


    Interests
    for Program Directors
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  • Enterprising - Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
     
  • Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
     
  • Artistic - Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Program Directors  updated June 2008
     


    Work Styles
    for Program Directors
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  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
     
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
     
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
     
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
     
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
     
  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
     
  • Innovation - Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
     
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
     
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
     
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Program Directors  updated July 2012
     


    State of Vermont License Information
    that may be required for Program Directors
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    No state licenses listed for this occupation.
     


    Education and Training Requirements
    for Program Directors
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  • Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed
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  • Education: Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
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  • Training: Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.
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  • Experience: A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.
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    source: Occupational Information Network: Program Directors  updated July 2012
     


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    offering instructional programs related to Program Directors
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      Related Instructional Programs
     
    • Directing and Theatrical Production.
     
    • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
     
    • Film/Cinema/Video Studies.
     
    • Radio and Television.
     
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    source: National Center for Education Statistics 2000 Classification of Instructional Programs .
     


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    source: Occupational Information Network: Program Directors 
     

     
     
     
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