Set Designer

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Potential salary $69,000

Set Designer

You know the phrase “behind the scenes”? As in, this person is crucial to the success of a larger undertaking but they’re not out front looking for the credit. Well, that idea applies perfectly to set designers, who are literally “behind the scenes.” These professionals design and integrate elements like decoration, background, lighting and props for film, television and theater productions. While most set designers’ professional journeys start in high school and college theater productions, the destination could be anywhere from a blockbuster movie to a TV studio to a local playhouse. It just depends what medium and work environment a set designer prefers. Are you more of a details person who lives to make sure the news anchor is lit exactly right, or does your taste bend more to a massive, romantic stage production? Either way, this position on a production team is absolutely crucial.

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