We surveyed 2,806 film and video editors to better understand the work environment and required skills of a typical film and video editor. Here are the results.

How much intelligence is required as a film and video editor?

Low

High

Working as a film and video editor typically doesn’t require the use of high levels of intelligence in daily tasks.

Can I learn to become a film and video editor?

Intrinsic Talent

Acquired Talent

A career as a film and video editor 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 film and video editor?

Easy

Hard

It’s typically difficult to find a job as a film and video editor. If you’re curious about the numbers, check out the job market for film and video editors.

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Do film and video editors work full-time or part-time?

49% of film and video editors work in full-time roles while 51% work part-time.

Is being a film and video editor stressful?

Low

High

Stress is not uncommon amongst film and video editors, with daily work sometimes being quite demanding.

Is being organized important as a film and video editor?

Low

High

Organization is considered a very important trait for film and video editors, and is critical to success in the field.

How competitive is the workplace for film and video editors?

Low

High

Film and video editors tend to see lots of competition in the workplace, with desire to get ahead of co-workers being common.

Does being a film and video editor require frequent time pressure to complete tasks?

Low

High

Film and video editors will see frequent time pressure on the job, likely contributing to an occasionally stressful work environment.

Are film and video editors allowed to express themselves creatively?

Low

High

Creativity is intrinsic to being a film and video editor, and a highly valuable part of the career.

Do film and video editors have control over the direction of their work?

Low

High

While sometimes the direction is set, occasionally film and video editors will have some flexibility over the direction of their work.

Is being a film and video editor physically demanding?

Low

High

Work as a film and video editors is not the most physically demanding of careers, falling in the bottom half of all careers.

Are film and video editors exposed to a wide variety of work?

Low

High

While sometimes repetitive, film and video editors tend to have opportunities for variety in their work.

Does being a film and video editor require attention to detail?

Low

High

Attention to detail is a vital skill for film and video editors, as small mistakes can make or break one's ability to succeed in the career.

Does being a good film and video editor require compassion and empathy?

Low

High

Being compassionate and empathetic is considered helpful to those looking to pursue careers as film and video editors.