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Camera Operator and Editor
“It Takes Vision !”
Television, video, and motion picture camera operators produce images that tell a story, inform or entertain an audience, or record an event.
The Job
Camera operators use television, video, or motion picture cameras to shoot a wide range of material, including television series, studio programs, news and sporting events, music videos, motion pictures, documentaries, and training sessions.
Work Environment
ENG operators and those who cover major events, such as conventions or sporting events, frequently travel locally and stay overnight or travel to distant places for longer periods.
College Majors
bachelor's degree
Minimum Qualifications
Television, video, and motion picture camera operators and editors usually acquire their skills through formal postsecondary training at vocational schools, colleges, universities, or photographic institutes.
Personality traits helpful for this career
Camera operators need good eyesight, artistic ability, and hand-eye coordination. They should be patient, accurate, and detail oriented.
Quick Facts
  • Workers acquire their skills through on-the-job or formal postsecondary training.
  • Keen competition for jobs is expected due to the large number of people who wish to enter the broadcasting and motion picture industries, where many camera operators and editors are employed.
  • Those with the most experience and the most advanced computer skills will have the best job opportunities.
Compensation and Outlook
Median annual wages for television, video, and motion picture camera operators were $41,670 in May 2008. The middle 50 percent earned between $29,020 and $59,970. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $21,710, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $79,440. Median annual wages for film and video editors were $50,560 in May 2008.
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