We surveyed 959 camera operators to better understand the work environment and required skills of a typical camera operator. Here are the results.

How much intelligence is required as a camera operator?

Low

High

Working as a camera operator typically doesn’t require the use of high levels of intelligence in daily tasks.

Can I learn to become a camera operator?

Intrinsic Talent

Acquired Talent

A career as a camera operator typically depends predominantly on qualities you can gain through experience, with a small aspect of skills you are born with.

Is it easy to get a job as a camera operator?

Easy

Hard

It’s typically difficult to find a job as a camera operator. If you’re curious about the numbers, check out the job market for camera operators.

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Do camera operators work full-time or part-time?

28% of camera operators work in full-time roles while 72% work part-time.

Is being a camera operator stressful?

Low

High

Camera operators tend not to find their jobs stressful, which likely contributes positively to career satisfaction.

Is being organized important as a camera operator?

Low

High

Organization is not considered a particuarly important part of being a camera operator.

How competitive is the workplace for camera operators?

Low

High

Camera operators see mild competition in their workplace.

Does being a camera operator require frequent time pressure to complete tasks?

Low

High

Time pressure tends not to be a major contributor of stress for camera operators.

Are camera operators allowed to express themselves creatively?

Low

High

Camera operators are afforded a certain level of ability to express themselves creatively, compared to other careers.

Do camera operators have control over the direction of their work?

Low

High

Camera operators tend to have a set and inflexible work schedule that they are unable to deviate from too much.

Is being a camera operator physically demanding?

Low

High

Being a camera operator may occasionally require demanding physical activity, which may make it not a suitable career choice for everyone.

Are camera operators exposed to a wide variety of work?

Low

High

Camera operators tend to have a monotonous work routine, with little variety in their day-to-day tasks.

Does being a camera operator require attention to detail?

Low

High

Attention to detail isn't necessarily required to be successful as a camera operator.

Does being a good camera operator require compassion and empathy?

Low

High

The ability to be compassion and empathetic isn't considered fundamental to success as a camera operator.