Radio & TV Producer

Occupation Information table
Overview: Radio and TV producers plan and coordinate the segments of a radio or TV program. They manage rehearsals of program participants & establish the pace of the program to stay within time limits. They approve broadcast music, costumes, scenery, etc. and manage technical sound and video effects.
Duties: They identify the production staff and talents needed to produce a program created by authors, composers and choreographers. They choose the persons best suited for the program.

They either purchase or rent the costumes, scenery, props and equipment needed to produce the program. They evaluate final programs prior to broadcast to determine what changes are needed.

They determine rehearsal schedules, evaluate performers during rehearsal and make recommendations for improving the performance or for meeting management's objectives.

They coordinate and manage, on-site, the live performance. If video taped or recorded, they decide what scenes should be edited or which audio sections can be enhanced.

Degree(s): A.S. Music 
A.A.S. Music Production 
A.S. Theatre: Concentrations in Acting or Technical Theatre 
Job Outlook: Employment in this field is projected to grow 9% to 13% from 2018 to 2028, which is faster than the average projected growth for all occupations.
Salary Range (National Average): $28,000 to $32,000
Education Level: Typically, a Bachelor’s Degree from a 4-year college (some are 5 years) is required to be considered for this occupation.
Additional Training/Education: A bachelor's degree in radio and TV communications with courses in program directing and producing, communications media, advertising and fine arts is the appropriate training for this occupation. Applicants, during their college years, should acquire experience by producing and directing college radio or TV station programs, college plays and work as an intern for a local radio or TV station.
Recommended Skills:
  • Weighing out the options in a situation or a problem and logically choosing the best course of action.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Assigning duties to others, motivating them, and evaluating their performance.
  • Allocating and budgeting your time for different tasks so that things get done when needed.
  • Being aware of the reactions of others, and understanding why they react the way they do.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Talking, giving speeches, or speaking in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.
  • Composing and communicating your ideas in written form.
Recommended Values:
  • Being able to express creative ideas through the arts.
  • Gaining the respect of others by the nature and/or level of responsibility of your work.
  • Being able to decide on how to get something done without significant direction from someone else.
  • Having a level of income that will afford you with luxuries, and which will allow you to become financially independent.

* National data collected by the Department of Labor in 2014 with projections through 2024. For New York green job information .

* For New York salary data information .

* For New York green job information .

Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.