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Working As A Director Technical Development

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • $95,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Director Technical Development Do

Producers and directors create motion pictures, television shows, live theater, commercials, and other performing arts productions. They interpret a writer’s script to entertain or inform an audience.

Duties

Producers and directors typically do the following:

  • Select scripts or topics for a film, show, commercial, or play
  • Audition and select cast members and the film or stage crew
  • Approve the design and financial aspects of a production
  • Oversee the production process, including performances, lighting, and choreography
  • Oversee the postproduction process, including editing, special effects, music selection, and a performance’s overall tone
  • Ensure that a project stays on schedule and within budget
  • Promote finished works or productions through interviews, advertisements, and film festivals

Large productions often have associate, assistant, and line producers who share responsibilities. For example, on a large movie set an executive producer is in charge of the entire production, and a line producer runs the day-to-day operations. A TV show may employ several assistant producers to whom the head or executive producer gives certain duties, such as supervising the costume and makeup team.

Similarly, large productions usually employ several assistant directors, who help the director with tasks such as making set changes or notifying the performers when it is their time to go onstage. The specific responsibilities of assistant producers or directors vary with the size and type of production they work on.

Producers make the business and financial decisions for a motion picture, TV show, commercial, or stage production. They raise money for the project and hire the director and crew. The crew may include set and costume designers, film and video editors, a musical director, a choreographer, and other workers. Some producers may assist in the selection of cast members. Producers set the budget and approve any major changes to the project. They make sure that the production is completed on time, and they are ultimately responsible for the final product.

Directors are responsible for the creative decisions of a production. They select cast members, conduct rehearsals, and direct the work of the cast and crew. During rehearsals, they work with the actors to help them more accurately portray their characters. For nonfiction video, such as documentaries or live broadcasts, directors choose topics or subjects to film. They investigate the topic and may interview relevant participants or experts on camera. Directors also work with cinematographers and other crew members to ensure the final product matches the overall vision.

Directors work with set designers, costume designers, location scouts, and art directors to build a project’s set. During a film’s postproduction phase, they work closely with film editors and music supervisors to make sure that the final product comes out the way the producer and director envisioned. Stage directors, unlike television or film directors who document their product with cameras, make sure the cast and crew give a consistently strong live performance. For more information, see the profiles on actors, writers and authors, film and video editors and camera operators, dancers and choreographers, and multimedia artists and animators.

Although directors are in charge of the creative aspects of a show, they ultimately answer to producers. Some directors also share producing duties for their own films.

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How To Become A Director Technical Development

Most producers and directors have a bachelor’s degree and several years of work experience in an occupation related to motion picture, TV, or theater production, such as an actor, film and video editor, or cinematographer.

Education

Producers and directors usually have a bachelor’s degree. Many students study film or cinema at colleges and universities. In these programs, students learn about film history, editing, screenwriting, cinematography, and the filmmaking process. Others major in writing, acting, journalism, or communication. Some producers earn a degree in business, arts management, or nonprofit management.

Many stage directors complete a degree in theater and some go on to receive a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree. Classes may include directing, playwriting, set design, and acting. As of May 2015, the National Association of Schools of Theatre accredited more than 180 programs in theater arts.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Producers and directors might start out working in a theatrical management office as a business or company manager. In television or film, they might start out as an assistant or another low-profile studio job.

Advancement

As a producer’s or director’s reputation grows, he or she may work on larger projects that attract more attention or publicity.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Producers and directors must coordinate the work of many different people to finish a production on time and within budget.

Creativity. Because a script can be interpreted in different ways, directors must decide how they want to interpret it and then how to represent the script’s ideas on the screen or stage.

Leadership skills. A director instructs actors and helps them portray their characters in a believable manner. They also supervise the crew, who are responsible for the behind the scenes work.

Time-management skills. Producers must find and hire the best director and crew for the production. They make sure that all involved do their jobs effectively, keeping within a production schedule and a budget.

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Director Technical Development Career Paths

Director Technical Development
Information Technology Director
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Vice President
Senior Vice President
13 Yearsyrs
Vice President
6 Yearsyrs
Chief Information Officer
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Chief Technology Officer
Chief Executive Officer
8 Yearsyrs
Vice President Of Information Technology
Chief Finance Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
President
Chief Operating Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Director
Operations Vice President
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Director
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Vice President
Executive Vice President
11 Yearsyrs
Vice President Of Engineering
President & Chief Technology Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Managing Director
Founder And Chief Executive Officer
7 Yearsyrs
Managing Director
11 Yearsyrs
Operations Director
Business Development Director
11 Yearsyrs
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Vice President Of Research And Development
Vice President Product Development
13 Yearsyrs
Vice President Of Research And Development
13 Yearsyrs
Research And Development Director
Director Of Product Development
11 Yearsyrs
Vice President Product Development
Vice President & General Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Research And Development Director
11 Yearsyrs
Executive Director
Regional Vice President
11 Yearsyrs
Business Development Director
Marketing Vice President
10 Yearsyrs
Director Of Project Management
Director Program Management
12 Yearsyrs
Director Of Project Management
12 Yearsyrs
Chief Executive Officer
President & Chief Operating Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Director, Network Operations
Director, Technical Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Director, Network Operations
10 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Technical Manager 3.9 years
Technical Director 3.8 years
Top Careers Before Director Technical Development
Director 7.1%
Consultant 6.5%
Manager 6.3%
Top Careers After Director Technical Development
Consultant 11.2%
Director 6.4%
President 4.2%

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Average Yearly Salary
$95,000
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$57,000
Min 10%
$95,000
Median 50%
$95,000
Median 50%
$95,000
Median 50%
$95,000
Median 50%
$95,000
Median 50%
$95,000
Median 50%
$95,000
Median 50%
$158,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
VMware
Highest Paying City
Menlo Park, CA
Highest Paying State
Hawaii
Avg Experience Level
3.6 years
How much does a Director Technical Development make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Director Technical Development in the United States is $95,717 per year or $46 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $57,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $159,000.

Real Director Technical Development Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Director, Technology Development Instrumentation Laboratory Company Bedford, MA Jan 17, 2012 $225,000
Director of Technology Acquisition & Development GTC Technology Us, LLC Houston, TX Sep 16, 2014 $217,610 -
$245,000
Director of Technology Acquisition & Development GTC Technology Us, LLC Houston, TX Sep 26, 2014 $217,610 -
$245,000
Director, Technology-Developer Operations Disney Online Glendale, CA Jan 05, 2014 $200,000
Director, Technology-Developer Operations Disney Online Glendale, CA May 01, 2014 $200,000
Director-Development and Technical Publications Objectivity, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Mar 05, 2012 $170,000
Director, IT Development & Training SONY Pictures Entertainment Inc. Culver City, CA Sep 06, 2012 $165,100
Director of Technology Development The Children's Mercy Hospital Kansas City, MO May 15, 2012 $160,000
Director of Technical Development EQ2, LLC South Burlington, VT Aug 10, 2015 $157,768
Director, Technology Development Instrumentation Laboratory Company Bedford, MA Jan 17, 2012 $157,351 -
$251,766
Director, Technical Product Development CNBC LLC Englewood Cliffs, NJ Jul 05, 2011 $150,000 -
$200,000
Director, Technical Product Development Nbcuniversal Media, LLC Englewood Cliffs, NJ May 12, 2011 $150,000 -
$200,000
Associate Director Technology & Product Development ESPN Digital Media, Inc. Bristol, CT Jul 14, 2015 $142,542
Director, Technology Development Powerwave Technologies, Inc. Santa Ana, CA Sep 13, 2013 $141,627 -
$151,627
Technical Development Director Ngmoco, LLC San Francisco, CA Sep 03, 2015 $140,005
Director of Technology Development Accretive Health, Inc. Chicago, IL Aug 10, 2014 $140,000
Technical Director Process Development WD Media, Inc. San Jose, CA Feb 28, 2011 $137,030 -
$183,451
Senior Director, API Hub Technology Development Mulesoft, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jul 20, 2015 $135,325
Director, IT Application Development Direct Administration Nashville, TN Jan 10, 2015 $130,395 -
$135,798
Director-Technology & Product Development AFS Technologies Holdings, Inc. Phoenix, AZ Dec 14, 2013 $120,000
Director, Technology Development La Jolla Institute for Allergy & Immunology San Diego, CA Oct 01, 2015 $110,739 -
$180,000
Director of IT Development CVR Management, LLC Greenbelt, MD Jan 12, 2015 $110,282
Director of IT Development CVR Management, LLC Greenbelt, MD Jan 03, 2016 $110,282
Research Director-Technology & Product Development Optafuel Tobacco Region, LLC Norton, VA Jun 23, 2015 $109,688
Director, IT and Development Applied Visual Sciences, Inc. Herndon, VA Oct 01, 2010 $107,000
Associate Director-Technology/Software Developer Synechron, Inc. Glen Allen, VA Jun 08, 2016 $105,978
Director of Technology Development Combustion Associates Inc. Corona, CA Feb 13, 2012 $100,000
Technology Development Director Gwynnie Bee Islandia, NY Feb 01, 2015 $100,000 -
$175,000

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Top Skills for A Director Technical Development

  1. Business Development
  2. Web Application
  3. Project Management
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Developed and implemented long term IT administrative and business development strategies in cooperation with IT management for IT effectiveness.
  • Led team in support of all US and North, South, and Central American office web applications.
  • Improved Project Management Practices by formalizing periodic meetings, tasks lists and stronger communications to manage integration and software refresh projects.
  • Participated in high-level design and continual refinement of short and long-term strategic planning.
  • Supported over 5000 internal customers and over 500 external customers on specialized infrastructure servers under full service level agreement support.

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Director Technical Development Demographics

Gender

Male

74.8%

Female

17.2%

Unknown

8.0%
Ethnicity

White

60.1%

Hispanic or Latino

13.3%

Asian

11.4%

Black or African American

10.9%

Unknown

4.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

34.6%

German

23.1%

French

15.4%

Italian

7.7%

Portuguese

3.8%

Chinese

3.8%

Romanian

3.8%

Hindi

3.8%

Mandarin

3.8%
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Director Technical Development Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

11.5%

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

6.9%

Stanford University

6.2%

University of Southern California

6.2%

University of Wisconsin Extension

5.4%

George Washington University

5.4%

University of South Florida

4.6%

Ohio State University

4.6%

Texas A&M University

4.6%

University of Texas at Austin

4.6%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

4.6%

Oklahoma State University

4.6%

New York University

3.8%

University of California - Berkeley

3.8%

University of Maryland - University College

3.8%

Temple University

3.8%

Rochester Institute of Technology

3.8%

University of Washington

3.8%

Harvard University

3.8%

Purdue University

3.8%
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Majors

Business

24.9%

Computer Science

14.3%

Electrical Engineering

11.1%

Chemistry

6.2%

Computer Information Systems

6.0%

Finance

4.5%

Information Technology

4.0%

Management

3.8%

Project Management

2.8%

Information Systems

2.8%

Chemical Engineering

2.6%

Mechanical Engineering

2.4%

Physics

2.1%

Management Information Systems

1.9%

Biology

1.9%

Psychology

1.9%

Marketing

1.9%

Computer Engineering

1.7%

Engineering And Industrial Management

1.7%

Elementary Education

1.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

35.7%

Masters

34.9%

Other

11.9%

Doctorate

11.1%

Associate

4.1%

Certificate

1.8%

Diploma

0.5%
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