We calculated that 23% of Camera Operators are proficient in Camera Operation, Video Production, and Audio Equipment. They’re also known for soft skills such as Creativity, Detail oriented, and Hand-eye coordination.
We break down the percentage of Camera Operators that have these skills listed on their resume here:
- Camera Operation, 23%
Live television camera operation and live audio operation Working knowledge of live television broadcast systems Adapts to changes during live broadcast events
- Video Production, 23%
Record and broadcast live municipality meetings part-time for Euro Video Productions.
- Audio Equipment, 5%
Work for a Non-Profit Technology Center operating camera and audio equipment for self and community sponsored events.
- Cctv, 4%
Certified to operate and document use of CCTV Camera Equipment and report findings and work reports to city inspectors.
- Live Broadcasts, 4%
Volunteer trainee for live broadcasts of City Council meetings, planning committee meetings and special events.
- Photography, 4%
Conducted investigative photography on 7 Military aircraft crashes and 187 combat operations.
Most Camera Operators list "Camera Operation," "Video Production," and "Audio Equipment" as skills on their resumes. We go into more details on the most important Camera Operator responsibilities here: Arguably the most important personality trait for a Camera Operator to have happens to be Creativity. An example from a resume said this about the skill, "Film and video editors and camera operators should be able to imagine what the result of their filming or editing will look like to an audience." Additionally, other resumes have pointed out that Camera Operators can use Creativity to "Inspected and verified inventory of audio/video equipment before and after Clemson University sponsored sporting events. " Another trait important for fulfilling Camera Operator duties is Detail oriented. According to a Camera Operator resume, "Editors look at every frame of film and decide what should be kept or cut in order to maintain the best content." Here's an example of how Camera Operators are able to utilize Detail oriented: "Contributed intuitive knowledge of video production in a team oriented environment. " Hand–eye coordination is also an important skill for Camera Operators to have. This example of how Camera Operators use this skill comes from a Camera Operator resume, "Camera operators need to be able to move about the action while holding a camera steady." Read this excerpt from a resume to understand how vital it is to their everyday roles and responsibilities, "Filmed in coordination with the Director of Photography" A thorough review of lots of resumes revealed to us that "Physical stamina" is important to completing Camera Operator responsibilities. This resume example shows just one way Camera Operators use this skill: "Camera operators may need to carry heavy equipment for long periods, particularly when they are filming on location." Here's an example of how this skill is used from a resume that represents typical Camera Operator tasks: "Operated cameras during physical shoot to deliver quality footage and photography. " As part of the Camera Operator description, you might find that one of the skills that might be helpful to the job is "Visual skills." A Camera Operator resume included this snippet: "Film and video editors and camera operators must see clearly what they are filming or editing in the postproduction process." This skill could be useful in this scenario: "Used handheld and shoulder mounted television cameras to capture visually interesting and compositionally sound shots on the court/field during games. " Another skill commonly found on Camera Operator resumes is "Communication skills." This description of the skill was found on several Camera Operator resumes: "Film and video editors and camera operators must communicate with other members of a production team, including producers and directors, to ensure that the project goes smoothly." Here's an example from a resume of how this skill could fit into the day-to-day Camera Operator responsibilities: "Use knowledge of Audio/Visual language to maintain clear communication through a headset with the control room. "
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After discovering the most helpful skills, we moved onto what kind of education might be helpful in becoming a Camera Operator. We found that 67.8% of Camera Operators have graduated with a bachelor's degree and 3.0% of people in this position have earned their master's degrees. While most Camera Operators have a college degree, you may find it's also true that generally it's possible to be successful in this career with only a high school degree. In fact, our research shows that one out of every seven Camera Operators were not college graduates.
Those Camera Operators who do attend college, typically earn either Photography degrees or Communication degrees. Less commonly earned degrees for Camera Operators include Digital Media degrees or Journalism degrees.
When you're ready to become a Camera Operator, you might wonder which companies hire Camera Operators. According to our research through Camera Operator resumes, Camera Operators are mostly hired by Qualcomm, Univision Holdings, and Hearst. Now is a good time to apply as Qualcomm has 9 Camera Operators job openings, and there are 6 at Univision Holdings and 4 at Hearst.
But if you're interested in companies where you might earn a high salary, Camera Operators tend to earn the biggest salaries at BuzzFeed, Hearst, and WarnerMedia. Take BuzzFeed for example. The median Camera Operator salary is $136,300. At Hearst, Camera Operators earn an average of $102,013, while the average at WarnerMedia is $99,093. You should take into consideration how difficult it might be to secure a job with one of these companies.
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In general, Camera Operators fulfill roles in the Education and Media industries. While employment numbers are high in those industries, the Camera Operator annual salary is the highest in the Retail industry with $85,149 as the average salary. Meanwhile, the Media and Technology industries pay $70,634 and $67,091 respectively. This means that Camera Operators who are employed in the Retail industry make 61.9% more than Camera Operators who work in the Education Industry.