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Film Schools

As a professor or instructor of film classes at one of the 389 accredited film schools in the country, you play a valuable role in shaping the future of this growing field. Below are charts, statistics and analysis of the trends in film academia which includes film training at the following levels:

  • Film Certificate
  • Associates degree in Film
  • Bachelors degree in Film
  • Masters degree in Film
  • PhD degree in Film


Professional Trends

National Employment growth for Film professionals

85,900 77,340 75,390 68,650 82,430
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Dark Yellow: Actual Values

82,430 film professionals were working in the US in the year 2010. This number has shrunk by 4% over the course of the past 4 years.

This decline is faster than the growth for all careers during the same time period. There was a 1% decline for all careers. This trend is expected to slow down by the year 2018.

National Salary percentiles for Film professionals

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The median yearly salary earned by film professionals, in 2010, was $31,062. This is 48% less than the national median salary for all professions, which was $68,155 per year.

National Median Salary Growth For Film

$29,182 $30,230 $30,158 $30,940 $31,062
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Light Blue: Salaries

Between the years 2006 and 2010, salaries for film professionals have grown by 6%.

Educational Trends

National Film Student enrollment growth by degree

1,934 1,457 1,083 1,343 1,563
5,594 6,215 6,805 7,503 7,479
17 27 30 27 24
855 908 964 1,077 1,047
622 774 1,056 1,113 797
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Yellow: Associate's Degree in Film
  • Blue: Bachelor's Degree in Film
  • Red: Doctorates Degree in Film
  • Light blue: Master's Degree in Film
  • Grey: Certificate in Film

The career outlook for film professionals is showing a rapid change. And, on the educational front, the story is similar. In the year 2006 there were 9,022 students who graduated from film degree programs across the country, while in the year 2010, there were 10,910 students graduating from film schools.

This represents a 21% change in 4 years. This growth in the number of students graduating from film courses is greater than the change nationally for students graduating from institutions for higher education in general, which has been a 12% growth from 2006 to 2010.

Film Programs offered Nationwide


It is interesting to note that while student graduation is up, the number of schools offering film programs has also increased. There were 296 film schools across the country in 2006. And there were 389 schools in 2010.

Film Faculty Salaries

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