Graduate Salary
2-4 years
Avg Length

Acting Requirements

While a degree is not typically required, bachelor's degree programs in drama and theater arts are available, particularly for those interested in acting on stage.

College degree programs allow students to expand their skills in various acting fields, including impromptu acting, sketch comedy, voiceover work and musical theater while building their portfolios. An undergraduate degree program in drama or theatre includes coursework such as voice and diction, stagecraft, acting theory and stage management.

Acting Careers

The career trajectory of people with an Acting degree appears to be focused around a few careers. The most common career that users with Acting degrees have experience in is Actor, followed by Costume Attendant, Film and Video Editor, Dancer, Singer, Model, Make-Up Artist, Psychologist, Lyricist, and Cartoonist.

Career % of graduates % of population Multiple
Actor 12.5% 0.5% 25.5×
Costume Attendant 3.5% 0.0% 178.7×
Film and Video Editor 1.2% 0.3% 4.6×
Dancer 2.8% 0.3% 9.1×
Singer 2.6% 0.2% 11.2×
Model 1.3% 0.2% 6.9×
Make-Up Artist 0.7% 0.2% 3.8×
Psychologist 0.3% 0.2% 1.3×
Lyricist 1.1% 0.1% 13.0×
Cartoonist 0.8% 0.1% 9.8×

Acting Salary

Acting graduates earn on average $k, putting them in the bottom percentile of earners with a degree.

Percentile Earnings after graduation ($1000s USD)
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Median (average earners) -
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Acting Underemployment

Acting graduates are highly employed compared to other graduates. We have collected data on three types of underemployment. Part-time refers to work that is less than 30 hours per week. Non-college refers to work that does not require a college degree. Low-paying includes a list of low-wage service jobs such as janitorial work, serving, or dishwashing.

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