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Film/Video Editor/Camera Operator

The person who shoots and then pieces the story together, a film/video editor and camera operator capture the images that make a story. Often taking direction and working one-on-one with a creative director or film director, these occupations are central to bringing a director’s vision to life.

A camera operator shoots and records documentaries, motion pictures, music videos, television programs or news and sporting events. It’s a career that can grow into many directions including a cinematographer in motion pictures, studio camera operator on a news broadcast program or videographer who shoots special events or corporate promotional videos.

A film/video editor works with the director to edit scenes based on the overall vision. Using video-editing software, different cuts and scenes are spliced together to create a cohesive story.

With the increase in streaming services, film/video editors and camera operators are in high demand. Most camera operators and film/video editors have a bachelor’s degree in radio, television, video and film (RTVF), broadcasting or communications. As part of the degree, students in these fields are often required to complete courses in cinematography or video-editing software.

$32,279-$35,325

entry level salary estimate

$65,551-$80,765

experienced level salary estimate

385

projected annual job openings

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Feeling creative? You’ll be in good company in the arts and culture industry. If you’re technically inclined, you’ll find lots of opportunities to work behind the scenes – designing, directing, producing, writing and publishing multimedia and other creative content. Short-term training (usually from a few months to about two years) can get you started in some of these positions, while you’ll need more advanced training or a bachelor’s degree for others.

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Sources:

Texas Labor Market Information, Texas Workforce Commission. Statewide wages by occupation, 2021. Statewide projections by occupation, 2020-2030.

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