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Film and Video Editors and Camera Operators Job Outlook

Employment of camera operators is projected to experience little or no change, growing 2 percent from 2010 to 2020.

In broadcasting, job growth is expected to be slow because automatic camera systems reduce the need for camera operators at many TV stations. Despite the public's continued strong demand for new movies and TV shows, companies won’t hire as many people as might be expected as the motion picture industry becomes more productive. They will be able to produce more movies without hiring many more workers.

Production companies are experimenting with new content delivery methods, such as mobile and online TV, which may lead to more work for operators in the future. However, these delivery methods are still in their early stages, and it remains to be seen how successful they will be.

Employment of film and video editors is projected to grow 5 percent from 2010 to 2020, slower than the average for all occupations.

In broadcasting, the consolidation of roles, such as field reporters who edit their own work, may lead to fewer of jobs for editors at TV stations. However, more editors are expected to be needed in the motion picture industry because of an increase in special effects, which are complicated and require more planning.

Job Prospects

There will be some job openings due to workers leaving the occupation, however, camera operators and film and video editors will still face strong competition for jobs. The broadcasting and motion picture industries attract many more applicants than there are jobs available. Those with more experience at a TV station or on a film set should have the best job prospects.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition