Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Motion Picture
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.
Median Annual Wage: $48,080
Education: Associate's degree (41%); Bachelor's degree (24%); High school diploma or equivalent (18%)
Projected Growth: Slower than average (3% to 7%)
Related Job Titles: Production Assistant; Master Control Operator (MCO); Videographer; Camera Operator; Photojournalist; Television News Photographer; Cameraman; Production Technician; Studio Camera Operator; Floor Director
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.
Adjust positions and controls of cameras, printers, and related equipment to change focus, exposure, and lighting.
Confer with directors, sound and lighting technicians, electricians, and other crew members to discuss assignments and determine filming sequences, desired effects, camera movements, and lighting requirements.
Set up and perform live shots for broadcast.
Set up cameras, optical printers, and related equipment to produce photographs and special effects.
Assemble studio sets and select and arrange cameras, film stock, audio, or lighting equipment to be used during filming.
Test, clean, maintain, and repair broadcast equipment, including testing microphones, to ensure proper working condition.
Use cameras in any of several different camera mounts, such as stationary, track-mounted, or crane-mounted.
Observe sets or locations for potential problems and to determine filming and lighting requirements.
View films to resolve problems of exposure control, subject and camera movement, changes in subject distance, and related variables.
Stay current with new technologies in the field by reading trade magazines.