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Working As A Technical Director

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • $99,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Technical Director 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 Technical Director

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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Average Length of Employment
Technical Director 4.0 years
Technical Manager 3.9 years
Top Careers Before Technical Director
Director 8.1%
Internship 7.8%
Consultant 6.7%
Manager 6.5%
Technician 3.4%
Owner 3.4%
Top Careers After Technical Director
Director 10.5%
Consultant 10.0%
Owner 6.5%
President 5.0%
Manager 4.6%
Internship 4.6%
Principal 3.1%

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Technical Director Demographics

Gender

Male

74.3%

Female

16.6%

Unknown

9.1%
Ethnicity

White

60.9%

Hispanic or Latino

14.2%

Black or African American

11.2%

Asian

9.5%

Unknown

4.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

41.6%

French

15.8%

Chinese

6.1%

German

6.1%

Italian

4.8%

Portuguese

4.1%

Mandarin

3.7%

Russian

3.0%

Japanese

3.0%

Korean

2.6%

Carrier

1.9%

Arabic

1.7%

Greek

1.3%

Hebrew

1.1%

Cantonese

1.1%

Swedish

0.4%

Hindi

0.4%

Hungarian

0.4%

Thai

0.4%

Croatian

0.4%
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Technical Director Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

13.7%

Full Sail University

7.4%

Pennsylvania State University

7.0%

New York University

6.5%

Texas A&M University

5.2%

University of Texas at Austin

5.1%

Purdue University

4.8%

University of Florida

4.7%

Arizona State University

4.6%

University of Southern California

4.6%

George Washington University

4.5%

University of Maryland - College Park

3.9%

Ohio State University

3.7%

Harvard University

3.6%

University of Colorado at Boulder

3.6%

University of Washington

3.5%

Temple University

3.5%

Northeastern University

3.5%

University of Pennsylvania

3.4%

University of North Texas

3.2%
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Majors

Business

17.7%

Computer Science

13.3%

Communication

9.3%

Electrical Engineering

7.1%

Photography

6.9%

Theatre

4.6%

Chemistry

4.2%

Information Technology

3.8%

Computer Information Systems

3.8%

Management

3.7%

Mechanical Engineering

3.1%

Journalism

3.0%

Education

2.7%

Medical Technician

2.7%

Fine Arts

2.6%

Digital Media

2.5%

Computer Engineering

2.4%

Graphic Design

2.3%

Finance

2.2%

Music

2.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

43.1%

Masters

24.3%

Other

16.6%

Associate

6.9%

Doctorate

4.7%

Certificate

3.5%

Diploma

0.8%

License

0.1%
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Highest Paying City
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Highest Paying State
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Avg Experience Level
3.9 years
How much does a Technical Director make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Technical Director in the United States is $100,087 per year or $48 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $60,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $166,000.

Real Technical Director Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Mechanical & Electrical Technical Excellence Director Parsons Brinckerhoff, Inc. New York, NY Jun 17, 2015 $310,000
Technical Director CPT Global Inc. New York, NY Mar 30, 2015 $300,000
Technical Director CPT Global Inc. New York, NY Apr 01, 2016 $300,000
Technical Director-Software Architect Continuum Analytics New York, NY Aug 21, 2015 $300,000
Technical Director CPT Global Inc. New York, NY Jul 20, 2015 $300,000
Technical Director/Chief Engineer RCR Race Operations, LLC Welcome, NC Oct 22, 2016 $300,000
Technical Director CPT Global Inc. New York, NY Jan 01, 2015 $300,000
Technical Director, Dolphin Program Georgia Aquarium, Inc. Atlanta, GA Jan 01, 2015 $250,000
Director-Technology Verizon Corporate Resources Group San Jose, CA Nov 09, 2016 $230,625
Director-Technology Verizon Corporate Resources Group San Jose, CA Sep 11, 2016 $230,625
Technical Director DAL-Tile Corporation Dickson, TN Sep 18, 2015 $229,400
Director, Video Technology The New York Times Company New York, NY Mar 30, 2015 $160,000
Technical Director GLU Mobile Inc. San Mateo, CA Aug 16, 2016 $160,000
Director Cementing Technology Baker Hughes Incorporated Tomball, TX Nov 15, 2016 $156,750
Technical Director Mobilityware, Inc. Irvine, CA Jul 18, 2016 $155,000
Director of Technology Photon Infotech, Inc. Plano, TX Feb 06, 2016 $155,000
Director of Technology Photon Infotech, Inc. Irving, TX Jun 22, 2015 $155,000
Technical Director Mindtree Limited San Jose, CA Feb 17, 2016 $154,287
Director of Technology Corra Technology, Inc. Montclair, NJ Jan 07, 2016 $153,670
Consulting Technical Director Oracle Financial Services Software, Inc. Boston, MA Aug 01, 2015 $122,450 -
$195,637
Director-Technology Synechron, Inc. Charlotte, NC Jan 10, 2016 $121,200
Director I Technology Anthem, Inc. Norfolk, VA May 13, 2015 $120,600 -
$134,927
Technical Director Charles Schwab and Company, Inc. Lone Tree, CO Jun 12, 2016 $120,058 -
$135,000
Technical Director K.G. International, Inc. Doral, FL Sep 07, 2015 $120,000
Technical Director Oligo Basics USA LLC Cary, NC Aug 01, 2015 $120,000
Director of Foundry Technology Hua Hong International (Americas), Inc. Fremont, CA Feb 01, 2015 $120,000
Technical Director Ultraclean Fuel LLC NM Sep 20, 2015 $120,000

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Top Skills for A Technical Director

  1. Infrastructure
  2. Customer Service
  3. Information Technology
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  • Applied advanced Telecommunications capabilities into the situation as an added infrastructure, changing the equation underlying economic development in the town.
  • Researched/evaluated/deployed company-wide VoIP phone system, which streamlined customer service and connected a national sales force.
  • Developed and communicated official company information technology plans, policies and procedures to internal and external customers, and vendors.
  • Performed project management and engagement director roles when required, along with all staffing and estimating project requirements and costing.
  • Supervised administration of 400 workstations running Windows XP and 11 servers running Windows 2003 and Exchange 2003.

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  2. New Jersey
  3. New York
  4. Texas
  5. North Carolina
  6. Massachusetts
  7. Virginia
  8. District of Columbia
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