Film and Video Camera Operators

(NOC 5222)

in All Art, Culture, Recreation and Sport

Film and video camera operators use motion picture and video cameras and related equipment to record news, live events, films, videos, and television broadcasts. They work for television networks and stations, motion picture and video production companies and in-house communications facilities of large corporations.

Job Outlook

Undetermined

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  • Estimate change in employment not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate openings due to growth and retirements not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for this occupation.

Compared to: All Art, Culture, Recreation and Sport

  • Estimate 60 employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 765 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for these occupation.

This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. With a small percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are not expected to be a major contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Film and Video Camera Operators may either be working full-time or part-time hours. Also, a fair portion of the workforce is self-employed, so having the option to "work for yourself" may appeal to some individuals’ interests/motivations.

The median employment income for 28% of Film and Video Camera Operators who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $45,158. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

Hourly Pay

N/A

Minimum

N/A

Median

N/A

Maximum

Annual Pay

N/A

Minimum

$27,284

Median

N/A

Maximum

Compared to: All Art, Culture, Recreation and Sport

Hourly Pay

$12.55

Minimum

$24.73

Median

$36.29

Maximum

Annual Pay

$945

Minimum

$11,712

Median

$60,447

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Film and video camera operators use motion picture and video cameras and related equipment to record news, live events, films, videos, and television broadcasts. They work for television networks and stations, motion picture and video production companies and in-house communications facilities of large corporations.

Job duties

Film and video camera operators:

  • Meet with director and senior members of camera crew to discuss assignment and determine filming sequences, camera movements and picture composition.
  • Select and set up camera equipment to be used and attach lens, filters, and film magazine to camera.
  • Adjust focus, exposure, lighting, and other camera settings.
  • Use film or video camera to record news, live events, films, videos, and television broadcasts.
  • Label and record contents of exposed film, and complete report sheets.
  • Test, maintain, and store equipment.

Sample job titles

  • assistant camera operator
  • camera operator
  • dance videographer
  • film camera operator
  • studio camera operator
  • television camera operator
  • television news camera operator
  • video camera operator
  • videographer

Skills

You need creativity, imagination, and technical skills. Attention to detail and the ability to improvise with equipment and techniques are also important. You must be able to communicate your ideas clearly and work well with others.

Job requirements

  • A college or technical program in broadcasting, audio-visual technology or a related field.

Other considerations

They require a thorough technical understanding of camera equipment and film technology. Experience as an assistant camera operator is usually required. Creative and technical ability, as demonstrated by a portfolio of work and experience, may be required. Progression to supervisory or director of photography positions is possible with additional training and experience.

By the numbers

Quick look

180

employed in 2016

63.9%

employed full-time

30.6%

self employed

11.1%
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88.9%
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37.8

median age

Compared to: All Art, Culture, Recreation and Sport

11,000

employed in 2016

53.3%

employed full-time

29.3%

self employed

55.6%
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44.4%
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38.2

median age

Where will I likely work?

86.1%

Halifax

8.3%

Cape Breton

5.6%

Annapolis Valley

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

North Shore

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

10.7%

Arts, entertainment and recreation

7.1%

Manufacturing

7.1%

Retail trade

What is the age of Employment?

25.0%

45-54

22.0%

35-44

22.0%

15-24

22.0%

25-34

8.0%

55-64

Compared to: All Art, Culture, Recreation and Sport

29.7%

15-24

15.9%

35-44

15.7%

45-54

15.4%

25-34

14.9%

55-64

Top levels of education

51.4%

College Diploma

$27,291 median annual income
27.0%

High school

$11,516 median annual income
10.8%

Bachelor

N/A
5.4%

Less than high school

N/A
5.4%

Apprenticeship

N/A

Compared to: All Art, Culture, Recreation and Sport

26.4%

Bachelor

$17,829 median annual income
24.9%

High school

$7,552 median annual income
19.5%

College Diploma

$22,120 median annual income
13.7%

Less than high school

$2,922 median annual income
7.9%

Master

$36,173 median annual income

Education & training

Communications Technology/Technician

College or Trades Program

These programs prepare individuals to function as workers and managers within communications industries. They include courses in business economics, basic management, principles of interpersonal and mediated communications, radio, television, and digital media production, and related aspects of technology and communications systems.

Institutions providing this program

Mount Saint Vincent University

166 Bedford Highway

Halifax, NS B3M 2J6

(902) 457-6117

Film Studies

College, Trades, or University Program

These programs focus on the study of the history, development, theory, and criticism of the film/video arts, as well as the basic principles of film making and film production.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Office of the Registrar

Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

(902) 494-2450

University of King's College

6350 Coburg Road

Halifax, NS B3H 2A1

(902) 422-1271

NSCAD University

5163 Duke Street

Halifax, NS B3J 3J6

(902) 444-9600

Saint Mary's University

923 Robie Street

Halifax, NS B3H 3C3

(902) 420-5400

Nova Scotia Community College - Ivany Campus

80 Mawiomi Place

Dartmouth, NS B2Y 0A5

(902) 491-1100

Organizational Communication

College or University Program

These programs focus on general communication processes and dynamics within organizations. They include courses in developing and maintaining interpersonal group relations within organizations, decision-making and conflict management, using symbols to create and maintain organizational images, missions, and values, power and politics within organizations, human interaction with computer technology, and how communications socialize and support employees and team members.

Institutions providing this program

Nova Scotia Community College - Marconi Campus

PO Box 1042, 1240 Grand Lake Road

Sydney, NS B1P 6J7

(902) 563-2450

Nova Scotia Community College - Ivany Campus

80 Mawiomi Place

Dartmouth, NS B2Y 0A5

(902) 491-1100

Radio and Television

College or University Program

These programs focus on the theories, methods, and techniques used to plan, produce, and distribute audio and video programs and messages and prepares students to function as staff, producers, directors, and managers of radio and television shows and media organizations. They include courses in media aesthetics, planning, scheduling, and production, writing and editing, performing and directing, personnel and facilities management, marketing and distribution, media regulations, law, and policy, and principles of broadcast technology.

Institutions providing this program

Nova Scotia Community College - Ivany Campus

80 Mawiomi Place

Dartmouth, NS B2Y 0A5

(902) 491-1100

Employment requirements & contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile

Contacts

Canadian Media Production Association
160 John Street, 5th Floor
Toronto, ON M5V 2E5
Tel: (800) 267-8208
Fax: (416) 304-0499
Canadian Association of Broadcasters
770 - 45 O`Connor Street
Ottawa, ON K1P 1A4
Tel: (613) 233-4035

Additional resources

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