Also known as Camera Operator, Cameraman, Master Control Operator (MCO), News Videographer, Production Technician, Studio Camera Operator, Television News Photographer, Videographer
Also known as Camera Operator, Cameraman, Master Control Operator (MCO)
Videographers operate television, video, or film camera to record images or scenes for television, video, or film productions.
Videographers are often responsible for overseeing or executing some or all of the following tasks:
The above responsibilities are specific to Videographers. More generally, Videographers are involved in several broader types of activities:
The median salary for a Videographer is $57,200, and the average salary is $67,590. Both the median and average roughly describe the middle of the Videographer salary range, but the average is more easily affected by extremely high or low salaries.
Many Videographers earn significantly more or less than the average, due to several factors. About 10% of Videographers earn less than $29,140 per year, 25% earn less than $39,550, 75% earn less than $81,580, and 90% earn less than $123,220.
Between the years of 2020 and 2030, the number of Videographers is expected to change by 24.1%, and there should be roughly 3,900 open positions for Videographers every year.
Career interests describe a person's preferences for different types of working environments and activities. When a person's interest match the demands of an occupation, people are usually more engaged and satisfied in that role.
Compared to most occupations, those who work as a Videographer are usually higher in their Realistic and Artistic interests.
Videographers typically have very strong Realistic interests. Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
Also, Videographers typically have very strong Artistic interests. Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
People differ in their values, or what is most important to them for building job satisfaction and fulfillment.
Compared to most people, those working as a Videographer tend to value Support, Relationships, and Independence.
Most importantly, Videographers moderately value Support. Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees.
Second, Videographers moderately value Relationships. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment.
Lastly, Videographers moderately value Independence. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions.
Each occupation brings its own set of psychological demands, which describe the characteristics necessary to perform the job well.
In order to perform their job successfully, people who work as Videographers must consistently demonstrate qualities such as attention to detail, dependability, and cooperation.
Below, you'll find a list of qualities typically required of Videographers, ranked by importance:
Videographers often have training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
Videographers usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with this occupation.
Videographers may benefit from understanding of specialized subject areas, such as computers and electronics, communications and media, or telecommunications knowledge.
The list below shows several areas in which most Videographers might want to build proficiency, ranked by importance.
Videographers must develop a particular set of abilities to perform their job well. Abilities are individual capacities that influence a person's information processing, sensory perception, motor coordination, and physical strength or endurance. Individuals may naturally have certain abilities without explicit training, but most abilities can be sharpened somewhat through practice.
For example, Videographers need abilities such as visualization, near vision, and far vision in order to perform their job at a high level. The list below shows several important abilities for Videographers, ranked by their relative importance.
Skills are developed capacities that enable people to function effectively in real-world settings. Unlike abilities, skills are typically easier to build through practice and experience. Skills influence effectiveness in areas such as learning, working with others, design, troubleshooting, and more.
Videographers frequently use skills like active listening, reading comprehension, and speaking to perform their job effectively. The list below shows several critical skills for Videographers, ranked by their relative importance.
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