Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Motion Picture

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About the Job

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.

It is also Called

  • Wild Life Photographer
  • Videotape Editor
  • Videographer
  • Video Specialist
  • Video Producer
  • Video Photographer
  • Video Operator
  • Video Editor
  • Video Coordinator
  • Video Camera Operator
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What They Do

  • Write new scripts for broadcasts.
  • Design graphics for studio productions.
  • Prepare slates that describe the scenes being filmed.
  • Read charts and compute ratios to determine variables such as lighting, shutter angles, filter factors, and camera distances.
  • Read and analyze work orders and specifications to determine locations of subject material, work procedures, sequences of operations, and machine setups.
  • Receive raw film stock and maintain film inventories.
  • Direct studio productions.
  • Label and record contents of exposed film and note details on report forms.
  • Instruct camera operators regarding camera setups, angles, distances, movement, and variables and cues for starting and stopping filming.
  • Set up and operate electric news gathering (ENG) microwave vehicles to gather and edit raw footage on location to send to television affiliates for broadcast.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: RA.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Realistic interests, but also prefer Artistic environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Support, but also value Relationships and Independence in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Communications and Media - Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Telecommunications - Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Education Required

Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

Wages

In 2017, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $44,800 with most people making between $18,500 and $83,240

Outlook

0.45%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 660 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 690 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 3 openings due to growth and about 7 replacement openings for approximately 10 total annual openings.



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