Film and Video Camera Operators

(NOC 5222)

in All Arts, Culture, Recreation and Sport

Film and video camera operators operate motion picture and video cameras and related equipment to record news, live events, films, videos and television broadcasts. They are employed by 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 Arts, Culture, Recreation and Sport

  • Estimate Moderate growth employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 735 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate Moderate rate of unemployment in 2016

This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Film and Video Camera Operators may either be working full-time or part-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs may either be permanent or temporary positions, as both are common.

The median employment income for 31% 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 Arts, Culture, Recreation and Sport

Hourly Pay

$10.81

Minimum

$16.00

Median

$31.00

Maximum

Annual Pay

$945

Minimum

$11,712

Median

$60,447

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Film and video camera operators operate motion picture and video cameras and related equipment to record news, live events, films, videos and television broadcasts. They are employed by 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 perform some or all of the following duties:

  • 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.
  • Operate 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

To work in this field 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

  • Completion of 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

125

employed in 2016

65.6%

employed full-time

28.0%

self employed

11.1%
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88.9%
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37.8

median age

Compared to: All Arts, Culture, Recreation and Sport

11,000

employed in 2016

59.4%

employed full-time

33.3%

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%

Northern

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

85.7%

Information, Culture & Recreation

7.1%

Retail Trade

7.1%

Printing and Related Support Activities

What is the age of Employment?

33.3%

55-64

33.3%

35-44

Compared to: All Arts, Culture, Recreation and Sport

43.8%

35-44

35.4%

45-54

12.5%

25-34

8.3%

55-64

4.2%

65+

Top levels of education

48.4%

College certificate or diploma

$5,880 median annual income
35.5%

High school

$22,562 median annual income
9.7%

Bachelor's degree

$8,504 median annual income
6.5%

Less than high school

N/A
6.5%

Trades certificate

N/A

Compared to: All Arts, Culture, Recreation and Sport

27.5%

Bachelor's degree

$19,705 median annual income
26.2%

High school

$7,127 median annual income
20.3%

College certificate or diploma

$20,158 median annual income
10.2%

Less than high school

$2,298 median annual income
8.0%

Master's degree

N/A

Education & training

Cinematography and film/video production

This program is typically offered at the college or university level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to communicate dramatic information, ideas, moods, and feelings through the making and producing of films and videos. These programs include courses in theory of film; film technology and equipment operation; film production; film directing; film editing; cinematographic art; film audio; techniques for making specific types of films and/or videos; the use of computer applications to record or enhance images, audio or effect and the planning and management of film/video operations.

Institutions providing this program

DaVinci College of Art and Design NS Ltd.

1577 Barrington Street

Halifax, NS B3J 1Z7

(902) 429-1847

Nova Scotia Community College - Waterfront Campus & Aviation Institute

80 Mawiomi Place

Dartmouth, NS B2Y 0A5

(902) 491-1100

Communications technology/technician

This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that generally prepares individuals to function as workers and managers within communications industries. These programs 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

Organizational communication - General

This program is typically offered at the college or university level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that focuses on general communication processes and dynamics within organizations. These programs include courses in the development and maintenance of interpersonal group relations within organizations; decision-making and conflict management; the use of 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 - Cumberland Campus

PO Box 550, 1 Main Street

Springhill, NS B0M 1X0

(902) 597-3737

Nova Scotia Community College - Burridge Campus

372 Pleasant Street

Yarmouth, NS B5A 2L2

(902) 742-3501

Nova Scotia Community College - Marconi Campus

PO Box 1042, 1240 Grand Lake Road

Sydney, NS B1P 6J7

(902) 563-2450

Nova Scotia Community College - Waterfront Campus & Aviation Institute

80 Mawiomi Place

Dartmouth, NS B2Y 0A5

(902) 491-1100

Radio and television

This program is typically offered at the college or university level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that focuses on the theories, methods, and techniques used to plan, produce, and distribute audio and video programs and messages, and that prepares individuals to function as staff, producers, directors, and managers of radio and television shows and media organizations. These programs 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 - Waterfront Campus & Aviation Institute

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

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