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Producers - 27-2012.01

O*NET-SOC Description

Plan and coordinate various aspects of radio, television, stage, or motion picture production, such as selecting script, coordinating writing, directing and editing, and arranging financing.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Animation Producer
  • Associate Producer
  • Executive Producer
  • News Producer
  • Newscast Producer
  • Producer
  • Promotions Producer
  • Radio Producer
  • Television News Producer
  • Television Producer (TV Producer)

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


  • Arrange financing for productions.
  • Compose and edit scripts or provide screenwriters with story outlines from which scripts can be written.
  • Conduct meetings with staff to discuss production progress and to ensure production objectives are attained.
  • Coordinate the activities of writers, directors, managers, and other personnel throughout the production process.
  • Determine and direct the content of radio programming.
  • Determine production size, content, and budget, establishing details such as production schedules and management policies.
  • Develop marketing plans for finished products, collaborating with sales associates to supervise product distribution.
  • Hire directors, principal cast members, and key production staff members.
  • Maintain knowledge of minimum wages and working conditions established by unions or associations of actors and technicians.
  • Monitor postproduction processes to ensure accurate completion of details.
  • Negotiate contracts with artistic personnel, often in accordance with collective bargaining agreements.
  • Negotiate with parties, including independent producers and the distributors and broadcasters who will be handling completed productions.
  • Obtain and distribute costumes, props, music, and studio equipment needed to complete productions.
  • Obtain rights to scripts or to such items as existing video footage.
  • Perform administrative duties, such as preparing operational reports, distributing rehearsal call sheets and script copies, and arranging for rehearsal quarters.
  • Perform management activities, such as budgeting, scheduling, planning, and marketing.
  • Plan and coordinate the production of musical recordings, selecting music and directing performers.
  • Produce shows for special occasions, such as holidays or testimonials.
  • Research production topics using the internet, video archives, and other informational sources.
  • Resolve personnel problems that arise during the production process by acting as liaisons between dissenting parties when necessary.
  • Review film, recordings, or rehearsals to ensure conformance to production and broadcast standards.
  • Select plays, scripts, books, or ideas to be produced.
  • Write and edit news stories from information collected by reporters and other sources.
  • Write and submit proposals to bid on contracts for projects.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Conduct research to inform art, designs, or other work.
  • Coordinate activities of production personnel.
  • Coordinate artistic activities.
  • Coordinate logistics for productions or events.
  • Determine presentation subjects or content.
  • Develop promotional strategies or plans.
  • Direct fundraising or financing activities.
  • Direct productions or performances.
  • Discuss production content and progress with others.
  • Edit written materials.
  • Maintain inventories of materials, equipment, or products.
  • Maintain knowledge of laws or regulations.
  • Manage content of broadcasts or presentations.
  • Manage operations of artistic or entertainment departments or organizations.
  • Negotiate for services.
  • Obtain copyrights or other legal permissions.
  • Select staff, team members, or performers.
  • Write informational material.
  • Write material for artistic or entertainment purposes.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Broadcast Journalist (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Broadcast Journalist Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Broadcast Journalist Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Broadcast Journalist Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Broadcast Journalist Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Communication Strategy and Operations Chief (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • LDO - Photography (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Mass Communications Specialist (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Public Affairs Broadcast Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Public Affairs Specialist (Coast Guard - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Program Assistant

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Producer
  • Producer, Assistant
  • Program Assistant