Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Motion Picture

General Information

Description

Operate television, video, or motion picture camera to record images or scenes for various purposes, such as TV broadcasts, advertising, video production, or motion pictures.

Business Breakdown

People in this career work in these sectors.

  1. Private, for profit49.22%
  2. Self-employed31.88%
  3. Private, not for profit9.67%
  4. State and local government7.81%
  5. Federal government0.96%

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Industry areas

  • Motion Picture and Video Industries
  • Radio and Television Broadcasting
  • Cable and Other Subscription Programming

Job Outlook

Employment of film and video editors is projected to grow 16 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. However, because it is a small occupation, the fast growth will result in only about 5,600 new jobs over the 10-year period. Employment of camera operators is projected to grow 6 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. The number of Internet-only platforms, such as streaming services, is likely to increase, along with the number of shows produced for these platforms. This growth may lead to more work for editors and camera operators. In broadcasting, the consolidation of roles—such as editors who determine the best angles for a shoot, the use of robotic cameras, and the increasing reliance on amateur film footage—may lead to fewer jobs for camera operators. However, more film and video editors are expected to be needed because of an increase in special effects and overall available content.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$36,210

State-by-state Salary

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$89,680
$26,800
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Associate's degree 40%
  • Bachelor's degree 23%
  • High school 18%
  • Some college 14%
  • Post-secondary certificate 3%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

Knowledge

  • Computers and Electronics
  • Communications and Media
  • Telecommunications
  • Engineering and Technology
  • English Language

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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