Operate television, video, or motion picture camera to record images or scenes for various purposes, such as TV broadcasts, advertising, video production, or motion pictures.

Educational Requirements

for Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Motion Picture
The typical entry level education for this occupation is a high school diploma or equivalent. Those with a associate’s degree have a competitive advantage in the labor market.


Examples of the knowledge needed for success in this occupation is listed below, in order of importance.
  • Communications and Media: Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
  • Computers and Electronics: Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • English Language: Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Telecommunications: Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.


Examples of the skills needed for success in this occupation are listed below, in order of importance.
  • Active Listening: Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
  • Coordination: Changing what is done based on other people’s actions.
  • Speaking: Talking to others.


Examples of the abilities needed for success in this occupation are listed below, in order of importance.
  • Visualization: Imagining how something will look after it is moved around or changed.
  • Oral Comprehension: Listening and understanding what people say.
  • Oral Expression: Communicating by speaking.
  • Near Vision: Seeing details up close.
  • Problem Sensitivity: Noticing when problems happen.

Detailed Work Activities

Examples of the detailed work activities involved with this occupation are listed below, in order of importance.
  • Operate still or video cameras or related equipment.
  • Edit audio or video recordings.
  • Determine technical requirements of productions or projects.
  • Collaborate with others to determine technical details of productions.
  • Convert data among multiple digital or analog formats.