There are currently an estimated 25,100 camera operators in the United States. The camera operator job market is expected to grow by 7.2% between 2016 and 2026.
How employable are camera operators?
CareerExplorer rates camera operators with a F employability rating, meaning this career should provide poor employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 8,100 camera operators. That number is based on 1,800 additional camera operators, and the retirement of 6,300 existing camera operators.
Are camera operators in demand?
While an increase in productions and broadcasts for the internet will provide some demand and employment opportunities for camera operators, the overall occupational outlook is projected to be poor, due largely to greater use of automated camera systems in broadcasting. As many camera operators are employed in the television and motion picture industries in large metropolitan areas, particularly strong competition for job openings is expected in this sector. While camera operators do not require any specific certifications or licenses, many employers prefer to hire candidates with a Bachelor’s Degree in film or media production, broadcasting, or a related discipline. The transition to digital cameras has increased the importance of computer skills for job seekers in this field. In addition, hand-eye coordination, creativity, and sharp communication skills are considered crucial for aspiring camera operators. Most successful applicants begin their careers as a production assistant and become a camera assistant before eventually securing a job as a camera operator. Self-employed operators may encounter opportunities to contract their services, often at a daily rate, to television networks, independent filmmakers, advertising agencies, or trade show and convention sponsors.
What’s the supply of camera operators?
The camera operator industry is concentrated in California, New York, Texas
Camera Operator job market by state
|State Name||Employed Camera Operators|
|District of Columbia||610|