Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Motion Picture:

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.

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About the Job

Indiana Average Salary $40,420.00
Average Time to Fill 38 days
Typical Education Associate's degree
Typical Experience Over 1 year, up to and including 2 years
10 Year Projected Openings (2016-2026) 402
10 Year Expected Percentage Change (2016-2026) 8.76 %

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Skills Profile

Essential (Soft) Skills

Essential Skills to Employers

Attention to Detail
Work Ethic
Information Gathering
Resource Allocation
Technology and Tool Usage
Written Communication
Critical Thinking

Top Job Duties and Responsibilities

Thinking Creatively

Edit film scenes
Achieve special camera effects
Implement special lighting or sound effects
Prepare artwork for camera or press
Capture photographs digitally or on film
Create computer graphics, animation, objects, or images

Controlling Machines and Processes

Operate specialized photo equipment
Operate film or video recording equipment
Set up still or video cameras or related equipment
Create special visual effects for film or video
Operate audio-visual equipment
Operate communications, transmissions, or broadcasting equipment
Operate recording or broadcast studio controls

Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment

Maintain photographic equipment
Calibrate electronic equipment or instruments to specification
Maintain recording or broadcasting equipment
Replace electronic components
Replace electrical wiring, circuits, fixtures, or equipment

Handling and Moving Objects

Set-up production equipment or machinery
Adjust telecommunications equipment
Connect electrical components or equipment
Maintain inventories of materials, products, or goods

Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material

Ensure equipment is operating to prescribed standards
Inspect media or communications related machinery and equipment
Inspect display sets or exhibits
Test operation of malfunctioning machinery

Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information

Determine technical requirements of production projects
Determine work priorities and requirements
Determine equipment or tool requirements for projects
Judge distances between two points

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Booster Skills & Certifications

Job Seekers possessing booster skills & certifications, such as those listed below, added to core skills are more marketable, harder to find and expensive to hire.

Hard to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be hard to fill. These skills and certifications make a job seeker more in demand because the skills are not widely available.

Expensive to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be expensive to fill. Job seekers with these skills and certifications are likely to earn more money.

Skill or Certification Certi - fication Hard to Fill Expensive to Fill
Adobe Aftereffects
Camera Operation
Adobe Creative Suite
Final Cut Pro
Graphic Design
Digital Video

Related Licensing Requirements

Certified Television Operator (CTO) (18-0000000237)

The SBE National Certification Committee, in cooperation with the Ennes Educational Foundation Trust, developed the Television Operator Certification to target the entry-level, non-technical pool of applicants that fill master control positions in today's television marketplace. It also provides a good first step for those interested in pursuing a technical career in broadcast engineering. There was once a requirement that television operators hold a First Class FCC license. This provided employers with an indication that the applicant had demonstrated enough technical knowledge to pass elements one through four of a federal government exam. In 1994, SBE developed the Television Operator Certification to assist employers in evaluating applicants. Many stations now make certification a requirement for employment for their operators.

- The Society of Broadcast Engineers, Inc. (3178469000)

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