What do you want to become?
Select from these film career categories, sorted by popularity.
Alternate Titles: Talent, Actress
Job Description: An Actor embodies a character within a motion picture by researching every aspect of the character, memorizing dialogue the Screenwriter has written, and developing their own emotional life.
Salary: $19,000 to $200,000+
Alternate Titles: Casting, CD
Job Description: The Casting Director assists the production in securing all onscreen talent. They post casting notices and hold auditions for Directors and Producers to see Actors in action.
Average Annual Salary: $60,800
Movie Development Careers
Job Description: The Producer is the head of the business side of filmmaking. They often help a Screenwriter develop a script, find financing and hire the crew.
Salary: $39,000 to $127,000+
Job Description: Directors ensure the film’s story is being told through the Actors’ performances and the onscreen visuals. They are in charge of every creative aspect from development to post-production.
Salary: $32,000 to $187,000+
Alternate Titles: Writer
Job Description: The Screenwriter writes the screenplay for a film, which includes all scenes and dialogue. They start with a treatment before writing the first draft and making multiple revisions.
Average Annual Salary: $70,000+
Production: Supervisors Careers
Alternate Titles: Scripty, Continuity
Job Description: The Script Supervisor oversees continuity during principal photography, ensuring people and props are where they should be in each shot.
Salary: $500 to $4,000 per week
Job Description: The Line Producer manages a production’s budget and scheduling and hires all of the below-the-line crew. He or she serves as the bridge between the Director, Producer, and the crew.
1st Assistant Director
Alternate Titles: 1st AD
Job Description: The 1st Assistant Director manages the schedule for a film set and coordinates all on-set departments for each shot.
Salary: $8,000 per week
Camera Operator Careers
Alternate Titles: Director of Photography, DP
Job Description: The Cinematographer works with the Director to achieve the overall visual aesthetic of a cinematic production.
Salary: $2,000 to $20,000 per week
Alternate Titles: Camera Person, Shooter, Steadicam
Job Description: Camera Operators work with the camera team to operate a camera and record the action of a scene on a film set.
Average Annual Salary: $59,000
Alternate Titles: 1st Assistant Camera, Camera Technician
Job Description: The First AC manages the camera gear and crew on a film set. They work under the Cinematographer, recommending cameras, lenses, and other support gear.
Salary: $10 to $31 per hour
Alternate Titles: Head of Grip Department
Job Description: The Key Grip supervises the Grip Department, providing all support for lights and camera on set. They shape light for a cinematic quality.
Salary: $60,000 to $100,000
Alternate Titles: On Set Gaffer
Job Description: The Gaffer is the head of the Lighting and Power Department on a film set. They work in pre-production and production to help achieve the desired cinematic image through setting up lights and running cables.
Salary: $30,000 to $70,000+
Alternate Titles: Lamp Operator, Electric
Job Description: The Film Electrician lays cable and sets up lights for the Gaffer on a film set. There are two types: a Rigging Electric and an On-Set Electric.
Salary: $17,000 to $72,000
Production: Sound Careers
Field Recording Mixer
Alternate Titles: Production Sound Mixer
Job Description: The Field Recording Mixer works on a production to capture all dialogue and provide a rough mix for the picture edit.
Average Annual Salary: $47,000
Job Description: The role of a Boom Operator is to place and hold the boom microphone to record the dialogue for Actors during a film or television shoot and to know the basics of the use of wireless microphones and recording equipment.
Salary: $25,000 to $100,000
Film Editing Careers
Alternate Titles: Editor, Cutter
Job Description: The Film Editor (also known as Picture Editor) works with the Director, editing footage together to shape character and perspective, thereby creating a comprehensive onscreen narrative.
Average Annual Salary: $75,000
Alternate Titles: AE
Job Description: The Assistant Editor supports the main Film Editor by preparing projects, cleaning up timelines and handling exports.
Average Annual Salary: $41,000
Alternate Titles: Post-Production Supervisor
Job Description: A Post Supervisor maintains the integrity of a film or television show by overseeing color correction and visual effects, handling quality control, and managing billing and paperwork.
Film Sound and Color Careers
Alternate Titles: Dubbing Mixer
Job Description: The Re-recording Mixer provides the final theatrical sound mix for a cinematic production. Their goal is to create a mix that tells the story effectively.
Average Annual Salary: $65,000
Alternate Titles: Post Digital Imaging Technician
Job Description: The Colorist processes every image in a cinematic production to achieve the desired hues and contrast. The work is a sort of hybrid of visual effects and cinematography.
Average Annual Salary: $69,000
Alternate Titles: Foley Recordist
Job Description: The Foley Engineer works in the Sound Department, setting up microphones and recording the sound effects Foley Artists create for a motion picture.
Salary: $150 to $300 per day
Special Effects Careers
Post Visual Effects Supervisor
Alternate Titles: Visual Effects Supervisor, VFX Supervisor
Job Description: Post Visual Effects Supervisors advise on the cost of applying visual effects in post-production, and they hire the artistic team to execute the work.
Salary: $90,000 to $400,000+
Alternate Titles: PD, Scenic Design
Job Description: The Production Designer manages the Art Department on a set and oversees the visuals of the film. They participate in location scouts and design sets.
Average Annual Salary: $90,000
Alternate Titles: Head of Wardrobe
Job Description: The Costume Designer creates costumes to tell a story about the characters. He or she is the artistic head for all costume based decisions on a film set.
Salary: $3,000 to $12,000 per day
Job Description: As part of a production team, a Makeup Artist’s job is to collaborate with other creatives by painting faces, creating character looks and designing other facial effects in line with their vision.
General Salary Range: Varies widely; $300/day – $3,000/day
Production: Specialty Careers
On-Set VFX Supervisor
Alternate Titles: Studio VFX Supervisor, In-House VFX Supervisor
Job Description: The job of an On-Set VFX Supervisor is to make sure that the required VFX shots are executed as needed, as well as to manage the VFX budget, schedule and expectations.
Average Annual Salary: Varies widely; $25/hr. to $5,000/wk.
Alternate Titles: Drone Operator, Drone Camera Operator
Job Description: The job of a drone pilot is to capture footage from a unique, bird’s eye perspective.
Average Annual Salary: $0-$1,500/day
Alternate Titles: Accountant
Job Description: A Production Accountant looks after all of the finances for a production. They issue paychecks and give updates to the Producers on where their actual budget is in relation to their projected budget.
Average Annual Salary: $102,000
Alternate Titles: PA
Job Description: A Production Assistant works with various departments on set as needed for odd jobs and support tasks. This is the entry-level position for many crew positions.
Salary: $150 to $250 per day
Film Finance Careers
Alternate Titles: EP, Film Financier
Job Description: The Executive Producer provides the financial backing for a film project. Their involvement depends on the project with some simply securing funds and others getting involved in the filmmaking process.
Salary: $47,000 to $178,000+
Film Music Careers
Alternate Titles: Music Sup.
Job Description: The Music Supervisor oversees all music that takes place in a motion picture, selecting tracks that fit the mood and tone of each scene, and sometimes sitting in during recording sessions.
Average Annual Salary: $90,000
Alternate Titles: Film Composer
Job Description: The Composer creates the score for a motion picture through writing, revising, and recording new music to elicit an emotional response.
Salary: $20,000 to $152,000
Education & Film Festivals
Alternate Titles: Lecturer, Instructor
Job Description: A Professor is an academic professional — often with industry experience — who teaches students to become proficient in a particular field of production or study.
Average Annual Salary: $68,000 to $150,000+
Alternate Titles: Teacher, Professor, Instructor
Job Description: An Adjunct Professor is hired by a college or university on a contractual, part-time basis to teach the film curriculum of that particular school.
Salary: $25 to $150 per hour
Alternate Titles: Programming Coordinator, Programming Manager
Job Description: Festival Programmers are in charge of sourcing and selecting the most appropriate films for their respective festivals, whilst also taking responsibility for the smooth running of the festivals themselves.
Salary: Annual salary varies widely. Unpaid at entry-level, low-to-mid six figures for highest level positions.
Job Description: A Manager oversees the professional lives of their clients, which can include brainstorming new projects, guiding the progress of existing assignments, providing notes on those assignments and offering general creative feedback and support.
Average Annual Salary: $40K/year to six or seven figures (depending on experience and client roster)