Camera operators operate a wide variety of technical equipment during film, television and video production projects. During shoots, they assemble and operate a wide variety of high-tech equipment, such as single electronic cameras and multiple portable crane mountings.
Nights, weekends, holidays occasionally
A camera operator can anticipate unpredictable, long and irregular working hours. Their workday primarily consists of standing and moving around, operating heavy camera equipment, and performing their job in uncomfortable and sometimes dangerous conditions.
Work environments can be stressful, particularly on television and motion picture sets.
Many camera operators often go through long bouts of unemployment between projects.
Annual salary estimates are based on percentile wage data collected through the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey of US workers.
DVM / VMD degree
To become a camera operator, you’ll typically need a bachelor’s degree in a field related to film or broadcasting. Entry into this profession is also possible through vocational training, related on-the-job training or an associate’s degree. You could also work your way up from an intern or production assistant position.
Familiarity with digital cameras and editing software is essential.
After proving your competency level as a production assistant, you will eventually move up to a camera assistant, which is then followed by a camera operator job. With a stellar portfolio of films, television shows, music videos and other video productions, you can move up the ladder in the entertainment industry. This usually consists of camera operators becoming directors or producers.