Film and Television Editors

Employment for editors in the motion picture and video industries (the largest job sector for editors) will grow by about 3 percent through 2020, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, or more slowly than the average for all occupations. Job opportunities for those employed in the television industry will increase by nearly 14 percent during this same time span, or about as fast as the average for all careers. The growth of cable television, the increase in the number of independent film studios, and the emergence of the Internet, MP3 players, and other computer technologies as means to view movies will translate into greater demand for editors—although competition for jobs will be very strong. Opportunities for editors who are employed by news-gathering organizations may not be as strong as a result of budget cuts. Video editors with knowledge of the latest digital video editing software programs and experience in the field will have the best job prospects.


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