Producers and Directors

risk level
Based on 438 votes
by year 2032
or $41.02 per hour
as of 2022

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Automation risk

26% (Low Risk)

Low Risk (21-40%): Jobs in this level have a limited risk of automation, as they demand a mix of technical and human-centric skills.

More information on what this score is, and how it is calculated is available here.

Some quite important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Social Perceptiveness

  • Originality

  • Negotiation

  • Persuasion

User poll

24% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted there's a low chance this occupation will be automated. This assessment is further supported by the calculated automation risk level, which estimates 26% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that Producers and Directors will be replaced by robots or artificial intelligence within the next 20 years?


The following graph(s) are included wherever there is a substantial amount of votes to render meaningful data. These visual representations display user poll results over time, providing a significant indication of sentiment trends.

Sentiment over time (yearly)


Fast growth relative to other professions

The number of 'Producers and Directors' job openings is expected to rise 7.7% by 2032

Total employment, and estimated job openings

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031
Updated projections are due 09-2023.


High paid relative to other professions

In 2022, the median annual wage for 'Producers and Directors' was $85,320, or $41 per hour

'Producers and Directors' were paid 84.2% higher than the national median wage, which stood at $46,310

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Greater range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2022 there were 153,770 people employed as 'Producers and Directors' within the United States.

This represents around 0.10% of the employed workforce across the country

Put another way, around 1 in 961 people are employed as 'Producers and Directors'.

Job description

Produce or direct stage, television, radio, video, or film productions for entertainment, information, or instruction. Responsible for creative decisions, such as interpretation of script, choice of actors or guests, set design, sound, special effects, and choreography.

SOC Code: 27-2012.00


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Aditya Narayan Meena (No chance) says
Robots will never be able to make Films that truly relate with Human feelings & emotions.
Aug 09, 2023 at 05:46 AM
Abhinaba Dutta (Highly likely) says
I am a budding filmmaker and I feel really heart broken since it is inevitable that filmmakers, actors, writers, singers, musicians, will be replaced by AI in the future
Jun 06, 2023 at 07:44 PM
EC (Low) says
requires careful interpersonal relationships, negotiation, interpretation of project needs, sourcing of appropriate suppliers, coordination of multiple resources and shifting timelines, budgets and deliverables.
May 19, 2023 at 08:01 AM
Bob Lillith (Highly likely) says
Most entertainment is going to AI generative. Efficiency will mean one director or producer will be able to do more projects in a smaller amount of time, reducing the numbers needed. I would say not eliminated but reduced greatly
May 07, 2023 at 12:15 AM
Martin (Low) says
One problem is that you have combined “producers“ with “directors“. These are two completely different jobs, though they are sometimes done by the same person.
Directors main role is to watch video and talk to actors. For machine learning, you would need a huge database of director comments in order to generate the necessary remarks. I’m not sure how this would be done.
Producer‘s job is to organise shoots and arrange funding. This is much easier to automate.
I would produce a risk at 40%, director risk, 20%.
Apr 02, 2023 at 12:25 PM
Aleksandra (Moderate) says
AI can understand the sentiment, and emotional interactions between partners on screen, as well as analyze lighting, composition, and scripts. I wouldn't feel safe.
Jan 26, 2023 at 12:14 PM
R says
If AI can eventually create a short film in UE5, why can't it make TV sitcoms? For sure, there's little creative cinematography due to time constraints, and limits, and it could even enhance the medium due to the aforementioned limits in the real world.
Jan 15, 2022 at 08:16 AM
Saketh says
Robots can't be provided with perfect human emotions which is the most essential thing needed for a story writer or film director
Dec 15, 2020 at 07:52 AM
윤인정 says
My future job is pd.
I don't think artificial intelligence can replace my job. I think that he is a person who communicates with many people and creates programs that deliver emotions and fun to many people. I don't think robots can bring as much imagination as humans.
Nov 06, 2020 at 11:49 AM
BibirMengkeroet says
It could be possible that AI replaces film producer/directors, however when that happen, all of workers that supposed to be coordinated by PD would already replaced by AI. If that happens, what is the point of PD anyways?
Sep 13, 2022 at 12:24 PM
Sal says
I currently work as a producer. It's absolutely a job that can be done by AI. It requires no real creativity at all. Producers like to think they're having a creative input, but they're really not. AI could easily create Gantt charts and schedules and let the creatives be creative.
Feb 22, 2024 at 12:36 PM
Vishnu (No chance) says
AI cannot perceive the infinite.
Mar 01, 2020 at 02:54 PM
Lemar (No chance) says
I don’t see why there would be a need to replace human film directors with robots
Sep 03, 2019 at 05:50 PM
Dmytro Kozlov (Uncertain) says
AI and Human Film director could get on with each other in a wide spectrum of directions both like operation and technology management and creative process upgrade
Apr 19, 2019 at 11:08 AM

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