Film and Video Editors and Camera Operators

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  • Creative: 94
  • Supported: 34
  • Analytical: 28
  • Social: 28
  • Purpose: 12

What Film and Video Editors and Camera Operators Do

Film and video editors and camera operators manipulate moving images that entertain or inform an audience.

Work Environment

Film and video editors and camera operators typically work in studios or in office settings. Camera operators and videographers often shoot raw footage on location.

How to Become a Film and Video Editor or Camera Operator

Film and video editors and camera operators typically need a bachelor’s degree in a field related to film or broadcasting.

College Majors

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    Job Outlook

    Employment of film and video editors and camera operators is projected to grow 11 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations. Production companies and video freelancers are working with new content delivery methods, such as mobile devices or through online TV, which may lead to more work for editors and camera operators.

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    Job Trends for Film and Video Editors and Camera Operators

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    This occupation supported 49,500 jobs in 2012 and 58,900 jobs in 2014, reflecting an increase of 19.0%. In 2012, this occupation was projected to increase by 2.8% in 2022 to 50,900 jobs. As of 2014, to keep pace with prediction, the expected number of jobs was 49,700, compared with an observed value of 58,900, 18.5% higher than expected. This indicates current employment trends are much better than the 2012 trend within this occupation. In 2014, this occupation was projected to increase by 12.9% in 2024 to 65,300 jobs. Linear extrapolation of the 2012 projection for 2022 results in an expected number of 51,100 jobs for 2024, 21.7% lower than the 2014 projection for 2024. This indicates expectations for future employment trends are much better than the 2012 trend within this occupation.

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