Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Film

4.7/10 job score
risk level
by 2031
or $23.67 hourly
as of 2021

What is the risk of automation?

We calculate this occupation to have an automation risk score of 49% (Start worrying)

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Qualities required for this occupation:
Assisting and Caring for Others
Finger Dexterity
Manual Dexterity
Social Perceptiveness
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What do you think the risk of automation is?

How likely do you think this occupation will be taken over by robots/AI within the next 20 years?

How quickly is this occupation growing?

The number of 'Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Film' job openings is expected to rise 8.9% by 2031
'Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Film' is expected to be a fast growing occupation in comparison to other occupations.
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031.
Updated projections are due Sep 2023.

What are the median wages for 'Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Film' in the United States?

In 2021 the median annual wage for 'Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Film' was $49,230, or $23.67 hourly
'Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Film' are paid 7.6% higher than the national median wage, which stands at $45,760
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

How many people are employed as camera operators, television, video, and film?

As of 2021 there were 20,280 people employed as Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Film within the United States.
This represents around 0.014% of the employed workforce across the country.
Put another way, around 1 in 6 thousand people are employed as Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Film.

Job description

Operate television, video, or film camera to record images or scenes for television, video, or film productions.

SOC Code: 27-4031.00


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Emmanuel Pleasant (No chance) says
The ability to do this certain job requires creativity, imagination, and certain technical skills. Without these things, the cinematographic film will never be as good if a robot does the job.
Nov 19, 2019 at 06:57 PM
Le Reckless French Badger says
Don't worry we can lower your standards... And that is what we have seen in the past? With the lock down we have also seen that the audience worldwide does tolerate poorly framed and badly lit, self recorded program with a webcamish feel as long as it provided a sens of immediacy?
Emmanuel Pleasant, still I do agree with you... certain job won't do without the human being being in control but I do expect a lot scaling down in quality. Filmmaking is more accessible than it ever has been : the good, the bad & the ugly...
Jul 10, 2020 at 09:36 AM

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