Whether capturing a political protest for the local news, putting together a weekly cable TV program, or creating a scene for a new action movie, the decisions you make as a camera operator or film and video editor will require a combination of creative and technical skills. You'll need a good eye and a steady hand to choose interesting material, decide how to present it, and pick the right equipment or software to use.
Camera operators film TV programs and commercials, videos, and movies. Film and video editors choose images from those that camera operators capture to create a final product.
Close to 35 percent of all camera operators and film and video editors were self-employed in 2010.
Creative, visual, and a fan of gadgets. You’ll need to be a technical expert -- camera operators must know about various types of camera equipment, and film and video editors have to master editing software.
New camera operators and film and video editors often begin their careers at small TV stations or by working on small productions.