Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division
SOC: 27-4031 Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Motion Picture
Operate television, video, or motion picture camera to photograph images or scenes for various purposes, such as TV broadcasts, advertising, video production, or motion pictures.
Education: Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
OJT: Employees in these occupations 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 these occupations.
Tasks: Operate television or motion picture cameras to record scenes for television broadcasts, advertising, or motion pictures. Compose and frame each shot, applying the technical aspects of light, lenses, film, filters, and camera settings to achieve the effects sought by directors. Edit video for broadcast productions, including non-linear editing. Adjust positions and controls of cameras, printers, and related equipment to change focus, exposure, and lighting. Confer with directors, sound and lighting technicians, electricians, and other crew members to discuss assignments and determine filming sequences, desired effects, camera movements, and lighting requirements. Set up and perform live shots for broadcast. Set up cameras, optical printers, and related equipment to produce photographs and special effects. Assemble studio sets, and select and arrange cameras, film stock, audio, or lighting equipment to be used during filming. Test, clean, maintain, and repair broadcast equipment, including testing microphones, to ensure proper working condition. Use cameras in any of several different camera mounts such as stationary, track-mounted, or crane-mounted. Observe sets or locations for potential problems and to determine filming and lighting requirements. View films to resolve problems of exposure control, subject and camera movement, changes in subject distance, and related variables. Stay current with new technologies in the field by reading trade magazines.
License: License not required.
Outlook: Satisfactory
Alabama Employment Outlook
Alabama Wage Data
Hourly Wage   Annual Wage
Entry $14.25   Entry $29,648.00
Mean $20.71   Mean $43,063.00
Experience $23.93 Experience $49,775.00

The data is based on the May 2017 Occupation Employment Survey employment and wage estimate file. The wages have been aged using the most current ECI factors reflecting wages as of June 2018.

Alabama Projections
Estimated Employment 2016Projected Employment 2026Annual Average OpeningsAnnual Growth Rate
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Occupational Videos
27-4031.00 Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Motion Picture