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.
Film and video editors held about 33,500 jobs in 2014. About 48 percent were employed by motion picture and video industries and 8 percent worked in television broadcasting. About 3 out of 10 film and video editors were self-employed in 2014.
Camera operators held about 25,400 jobs in 2014. About 28 percent worked in motion picture and video industries, and 22 percent worked in radio and television broadcasting. About 3 out of 10 camera operators were self-employed in 2014.
Film and video editors work in editing rooms by themselves, or with producers and directors, for many hours at a time. Cinematographers and operators who film movies or TV shows may film on location and be away from home for months at a time. Operators who travel must usually carry heavy equipment to their shooting locations.
Some camera operators work in uncomfortable or even dangerous conditions, such as severe weather, military conflicts, and natural disasters. They may have to stand for long periods waiting for an event to take place. They may carry heavy equipment while on shooting assignment.
Work hours vary with the type of operator or editor, although most work full time. Those who work in broadcasting may put in additional hours to meet a deadline. Those who work in the motion picture industry may have long, irregular hours while filming, but go through a period of looking for work once a film is complete and before they are hired for their next job.