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Film and Video Editors and Camera Operators

Film and Video Editors and Camera Operators
Quick Facts : Film and Video Editors and Camera Operators*
2010 Median Pay$45,490
Entry Level EducationBachelor's degree
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 201258,300
Job Outlook4% (Slower than average)
Employment Change2,200


Film and video editors and camera operators record images for audience entertainment and information. They capture a wide range of material for TV shows, music videos, film, documentaries, and sporting events. Their projects often require working closely with producers and directors for the final production.

What Film and Video Editors and Camera Operators Do

  • Work with a director to determine the overall vision of the production
  • Choose and present interesting material to be produced
  • Discuss filming and editing techniques with a director to improve a scene
  • Select the necessary equipment such as type of camera and editing software
  • Shoot or edit a scene based on the director's vision

Work Environment

Most camera operators work in the motion picture industry or television broadcasting. Editors are employed largely by the motion picture industry, although some work in broadcasting.
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Job Outlook

Employment of camera operators is projected to grow by 2 percent from 2010 to 2020 and 5 percent for film and video editors.
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Pay

The average salary wage of camera operators was $40,390 and $50,930 for film and video editors in May 2010.
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Film and Video Editors and Camera Operators*
Average Annual Salary, May 2010

Film and Video Editors and Camera Operators

45490

Arts, Design, Sports & Media Occupations

46336.5217

All Jobs in the U.S.

52312.5223
Film and Video Editors and Camera Operators*
Percent Change in Employment

Film and Video Editors and Camera Operators

3.77358

Arts, Design, Sports & Media Occupations

10.973478021530005

All Jobs in the U.S.

15.767561808929724

Becoming a Film and Video Editors and Camera Operators

Camera operators will need a bachelor's degree and some on-the-job training. Most film editors have a bachelor's degree and several years of experience as an assistant to a film editor.
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