Camera Operators (Television and Video)

Career Overview

Video camera operators operate video cameras and related equipment to record news, live events, films, videos and television broadcasts.


A four-year bachelor's degree in film production, cinematography, broadcasting, communications, or a related field would be very helpful while trying to secure this position.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$26,000 /yr
$55,000 /yr
$109,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Art
  • Performing Arts
  • English - as much as possible!
  • Communication
  • Graphic Arts
  • Photography
  • Videography
Work Environment

Film and video editors and camera operators typically work in studios or in office settings. Camera operators and videographers often shoot raw footage on location.

Future Outlook

There will likely be strong competition for these positions. Opportunities may differ based on geographical location.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada