Producers and directors held about 122,600 jobs in 2014. The industries that employed the most producers and directors were as follows:
Motion picture and video industries
Radio and television broadcasting
Performing arts, spectator sports, and related industries
Advertising, public relations, and related services
Cable and other subscription programming
About 1 of 5 producers and directors were self-employed in 2014.
Producers and directors work under a lot of pressure, and many are under constant stress to finish their work on time. Work assignments may be short, ranging from 1 day to a few months. They sometimes must work in unpleasant conditions, such as bad weather.
Work hours for producers and directors can be long and irregular. Evening, weekend, and holiday work is common. About 1 out of 3 worked more than 40 hours per week in 2014. Many producers and directors do not work a standard workweek because their schedules may change with each assignment or project. Theater directors and producers may travel with a touring show across the country, while those in film and television may work on location (a site away from the studio where all or part of the filming occurs).