There are currently an estimated 134,700 filmmakers in the United States. The filmmaker job market is expected to grow by 12.2% between 2016 and 2026.

How employable are filmmakers?

CareerExplorer rates filmmakers with a C employability rating, meaning this career should provide moderate employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 22,700 filmmakers. That number is based on 16,500 additional filmmakers, and the retirement of 6,200 existing filmmakers.

Are filmmakers in demand?

The demand for filmmakers is expected to stem from strong public demand for movies and television shows, as well as increased popularity of U.S. productions in foreign markets. Expanding cable, satellite, streaming, mobile content, and direct-for web operations are expected to increase production and distribution of major studio and independent films. Competition for all jobs in the field will be keen.

What’s the supply of filmmakers?

The filmmaker industry is concentrated in California, New York, Florida

Filmmaker job market by state

State Name Employed Filmmakers
California 29,100
New York 23,820
Florida 6,250
Texas 5,150
Georgia 3,800
Illinois 3,700
Massachusetts 3,060
Pennsylvania 2,660
North Carolina 2,370
Michigan 2,340
Washington 2,160
Virginia 2,030
District of Columbia 2,000
Tennessee 1,840
Colorado 1,720
Ohio 1,710
Connecticut 1,700
Maryland 1,570
Louisiana 1,520
Missouri 1,510
Wisconsin 1,360
Arizona 1,320
New Jersey 1,250
Minnesota 1,240
Oregon 1,120
South Carolina 950
Indiana 890
Nevada 860
Utah 780
Iowa 680
Kentucky 680
Alabama 650
Oklahoma 520
Puerto Rico 480
New Mexico 480
Kansas 470
Nebraska 470
Arkansas 440
Rhode Island 330
Mississippi 290
Vermont 280
West Virginia 280
Idaho 240
New Hampshire 230
Montana 220
North Dakota 210
Maine 200
South Dakota 140
Alaska 110
Wyoming 90
Delaware 70