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Camera Operators, Television, Video, & Motion Picture

Also called: Camera Operator, Photojournalist, Production Assistant, Television News Photographer

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What they do:
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.
On the job, you would:
  • Operate television or motion picture cameras to record scenes for television broadcasts, advertising, or motion pictures.
  • Compose and frame each shot, applying the technical aspects of light, lenses, film, filters, and camera settings to achieve the effects sought by directors.
  • Edit video for broadcast productions, including non-linear editing.


  • multimedia
  • telecommunications
Engineering and Technology
  • computers and electronics
  • product and service development
Arts and Humanities
  • English language


Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • talking to others
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


Hand and Finger Use
  • hold or move items with your hands
  • keep your arm or hand steady
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • create new and original ideas
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
  • imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Dependability
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Attention to Detail
  • Cooperation
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Innovation


You might use software like this on the job:

Graphics or photo imaging software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe After Effects
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator
Video creation and editing software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Premiere Pro software
  • Apple Final Cut Studio
Electronic mail software
  • Email software


Education: (rated 3 of 5)
associate's degree or
bachelor's degree
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Below Average Outlook
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