Production Coordinator: Job Duties & Career Info

A production coordinator in the television or film industry is responsible for making sure that things run smoothly behind the scenes. Learn about the required training and skills for this career by reading further.

Career Definition for a Production Coordinator

Production coordinators generally report to the production manager. They may supervise production assistants, coordinate catering, track billing, ensure that actors know their call times, and maintain production schedules. A production coordinator's duties can vary, depending on whether he or she is working on an independent film, studio feature, network or cable television series, late-night talk show, or morning news program. Production coordinators may also work on staff in a network's promotion departments, radio stations or advertising agencies. Many film and television production coordinator positions are located in Los Angeles and New York City.

Required Education Options include a bachelor's degree, at least 1 year of experience as a production assistant or other related experience
Job Duties Vary, but include supervising production assistants, coordinating catering, tracking billing, maintaining production schedules
Median Salary (2017) $71,620 (producers and directors)
Job Outlook (2016-2026) 12% growth (producers and directors)

Source: The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Required Education

While it is possible to become a production coordinator without a degree, many employers - especially television networks - require a Bachelor of Arts in Communications, TV & Film, or Marketing. Employers may also require at least one year of related experience in television or film production, which may include experience as a production assistant or assistant to a producer. Internships at television stations or production companies can also provide valuable hands-on training and networking contacts for a career in production coordinating.

Skills Required

Production coordinators must be highly organized, detail-oriented, and proficient at word processing, data-entry, and budgeting. While in-depth technical skills may not be required, production coordinators must be familiar with all aspects of production so that they can communicate effectively with the wardrobe, set dressing, camera, editing, publicity, payroll, or accounting departments. Some production coordinators, such as those who work in advertising, may also write copy, track client billing, update client websites, and ensure that produced spots are delivered to television stations.

Job Outlook & Salary

Experience counts heavily and duties vary in this career, so production coordinators will often enhance job security by specializing in certain areas, such as sitcoms, one-hour dramas, news, film, or advertising. In film and television, a production coordinator will be on track to become a production manager or line producer. The average salary according to the BLS is $71,620, as of 2017.

Alternate Career Options

Producer and Director

Normally having a bachelor's degree and experience working in occupations related to the industry, these professionals select scripts, audition and select cast members, oversee production, and keep projects within budget and on schedule. Faster than average employment growth of 12% was anticipated by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) for producers and directors from 2016-2026 (www.bls.gov). In 2017, the BLS reported an annual median salary of $71,620.

Film and Video Editor

After earning a bachelor's degree related to broadcasting or film, these editors may seek employment organizing film footage, collaborating with directors and editing scenes on a computer. Job growth was expected to increase by 17% for these positions during the 2016-2026 decade, the BLS said. Film and video editors earned an annual median wage of $61,180 in 2017.


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