What Can I do With a Degree in Film?

The information on this page is designed to help you explore possible careers. Use the links below to navigate to different areas of the page. We recommend working with a career counselor to help you identify careers based on your skills, interests, and values.

Resources with Descriptions of Careers that may be of Interest to Film Majors

Occupational Outlook Handbook: From the US Department of Labor

The Occupational Outlook Handbook describes careers and includes information on educational requirements, earnings, and job outlook.

Occupation and Wage Information from the Oregon Employment Department

Occupation Profiles includes current openings, wage ranges, employment outlook and projections.

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Vocational Biographies

Vocational Biographies describes the career success stories of 1001 real people. Search by career title, keyword, topic, and career cluster. Username: portlandsu and password: 3W9N

  • Actor
  • Animator
  • First Camera Assistant
  • Lighting Designer
  • Screen Writer
  • Cable TV Production/Training Coordinator
  • Film Editor
  • Multimedia Designer

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Northwest Organizations Supporting Film/Digital Media/Moving Image Arts


  • Northwest Documentary Arts and Media — Mission is "to create, instruct, and share the art of documentary storytelling."
  • Northwest FilmCenter — A "regional media arts resource and service organization founded to encourage the study, appreciation and utilization of the moving image arts, foster their artistic and professional excellence, and to help create a climate in which they may flourish. The Center provides a variety of film and video exhibition, education and information programs..."
  • Oregon Film — Promotes " the development of the film, video, and multimedia industry in Oregon."


  • 911 Media Arts Center — "911 Media Arts Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting independent digital media artists in the creation and exhibition of their work."
  • Independent Feature Project (IFP) — "IFP is a not-for-profit membership and advocacy organization that supports and serves the independent film community by connecting creative talent and the file industry."

Film/Television/Video/Multimedia Production Companies in Portland, Oregon

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Professional Associations

  • ASIFA-Portland (International Animated Film Association) — "ASIFA is a worldwide organization of professional animators and those involved with the production of animated films (such as directors, producers, musicians, and traditional artists)."
  • ASIFA-Seattle (International Animated Film Association) — "ASIFA is a worldwide organization of professional animators and those involved with the production of animated films (such as directors, producers, musicians, and traditional artists)."
  • Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences
  • American Federation of Television & Radio Artists (AFTRA) — The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) is a national labor union representing over 70,000 performers, journalists, and other artists working in the entertainment and news media.
  • American Film Institute — AFI is a national institute providing leadership in screen education and the recognition and celebration of excellence in the art of film, television, and digital media.
  • The American Society of Assistant Cinematographers — The American Society of Assistant Cinematographers is a honorary fraternal organization of professional men and women who work as camera assistants.
  • Association of Independent Video and Filmmaker (AVIF) — The mission of Independent Media Publications is to inform, encourage, and mobilize independent and grassroot media-makers.
  • Directors Guild of America ( DGA) — The DGA seeks to protect directional teams' legal and artistic rights, contend for their creative freedom, and strengthen their ability to develop meaningful and credible careers.
  • Mid-Oregon Production Arts Network (MOPAN) — "a non-profit professional trade organization representing those in the media production arts."
  • Motion Picture Editors Guild — The Motion Picture Editors (MPEG) is a national labor organization currently representing over 6,000 freelance and staff post-production professionals. Ours is the world's premiere craft guild that sets the standards for excellence in the post-production industry. The requirements to become a member of the Guild and placed on our Industry Experience Roster ensures the highest level of professionalism.
  • Oregon Media Production Association (OMPA) — "OMPA is the largest nonprofit film, video and multimedia association in Oregon." Provides forums for networking and professional development. Search The Source: Oregon's Media Production Directory.
  • POWER UP! — Professional Organization of Women in Entertainment Reaching UP!
  • Reel Women — An Austin, Texas, non-profit organization that provides a support system for women at all levels of experience in the film and video industries.
  • Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) — "...professional organization of college and university educators, filmmakers, historians, critics, scholars, and others devoted to the study of the moving image."
  • University Film and Video Association (UFVA) — "UFVA members are image-makers and artists, teachers and students, archivists and distributors, college departments, libraries, and manufacturers."
  • Women in Film (WIF)/Seattle — "WIF/Seattle is a professional, nonprofit organization supporting and advancing the work and opportunities for women in films, video, television, and new media."
  • Writers Guild of America — To promote and protect the professional and artistic interests of all writers of literary material in the fields of radio, free television, pay television, basic cable television, informational programming, video discs/video cassettes, and theatrical motion pictures and other related industries.

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