Film and Video Editors

5.9/10 job score
AUTOMATION RISK
56%
risk level
POLLING
GROWTH
13.8%
by 2031
WAGES
$62,680
or $30.13 hourly
VOLUME
28,030
as of 2021

What is the risk of automation?

We calculate this occupation to have an automation risk score of 56% (Robots are watching)

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How quickly is this occupation growing?

The number of 'Film and Video Editors' job openings is expected to rise 13.8% by 2031
'Film and Video Editors' is expected to be a very 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 'Film and Video Editors' in the United States?

In 2021 the median annual wage for 'Film and Video Editors' was $62,680, or $30.13 hourly
'Film and Video Editors' are paid 37.0% higher than the national median wage, which stands at $45,760
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

How many people are employed as film and video editors?

As of 2021 there were 28,030 people employed as Film and Video Editors within the United States.
This represents around 0.02% of the employed workforce across the country.
Put another way, around 1 in 5 thousand people are employed as Film and Video Editors.

Job description

Edit moving images on film, video, or other media. May work with a producer or director to organize images for final production. May edit or synchronize soundtracks with images.

SOC Code: 27-4032.00

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Dusty (No chance) says
I don't think computer will be able to make magic in editing for a long time so for someone working CGI and big films are totally safe
Apr 14, 2021 at 07:17 PM
An Amateur Artist (No chance) says
Art can only be done through approximation and not accuracy. The human mind is the only fit for this job. Except of course rotoscope and other non-thinking jobs can be done by automation.
Mar 03, 2021 at 02:13 PM
Scottie Yang says
There will be a certain percentage that will be automated. Will AI take over the film editor, features, shorts etc, I don’t believe so.

However I do believe AI will take over editing jobs in the digital content space. There’s already services out there doing this. When you need short micro content pieces for social, this is where I see it taking over.
Sep 09, 2020 at 07:22 PM
neutralca (Likely) says
Within complex implementation infrastructure in back end to illustrate simple interface it is likely to be taken in few years. The huge corporate brands already analyzing how people make videos in TIkTok, Instagram, Youtube and etc. Maybe in 3 or 6 years we will see there will be no necessary need for human effort or creativity to edit and monitor from premier pro or after effects... I am very pessimistic about this...
Aug 27, 2020 at 01:36 AM
Philip Lepherd (Small chance) says
Many large and small aesthetic choices are made by an editor. An editor can take a story in any direction they wish. AI would not have the emotional intelligence to determine which.
Jul 04, 2020 at 09:25 AM
MultimediaCreative says
There will be significant automation of processes in the next 5 years, seeing what platforms like Tiktok are doing with background replacement & auto- masking its a bit terrifying actually. I think what will become available to everyday people outside of the industry in terms of software will limit willingness to spend on services from industry professionals, making it increasingly difficult to justify rates
May 31, 2020 at 06:40 PM
Jacen (Highly likely) says
Editing is super easy. Computers have the ability to learn
Mar 09, 2020 at 08:10 PM
Josseph Cetraro (Small chance) says
Unless they develop a program that can do automatically an inspirational and artistic film with the sources we give it, I don't think it's possible.
Oct 30, 2019 at 06:13 AM
Mix-Movie.com says
Can artificial intelligence ever fully replace a human video editor? Jim Tierney, President of Digital Anarchy thinks it's usage may be more assistive than as an outright replacement.
Oct 21, 2019 at 06:05 PM
AI Killed My Grandma says
I back this statement... it's like the AI program in the movie The Final Cut with Robin Williams. It sorts the footage of a humans entire life seen through their own eyes in an insanely cohesive way, but he still has to make the creative decisions.
Jul 29, 2020 at 09:23 PM
Leighton (No chance) says
It won’t be because it needs to be driven, it's a creative thing
Aug 30, 2019 at 11:01 AM
Josseph Cetraro says
I agree but, do you know about thispersondoesnotexist.com? If an AI can do that, it seems easier it to create paintings and stuff, which are strongly related to art. That's a way to begin it sure will take time though. Anyway I think the same as you, too.
Oct 30, 2019 at 06:17 AM
sparksight says
thanks for the advice
Aug 06, 2019 at 03:15 PM
Scott Dingwell says
There is an element of creativity. Other technical aspects could easily be automated.
Apr 01, 2019 at 11:21 PM

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