Music Video Editors

Music video editors perform an essential role in the music industry. They take an unedited draft of film or digital video and use specialized equipment to improve the draft until it is ready for viewing. It is the responsibility of the video editor to create the most effective product possible that reflects the intentions of the featured music artist—or more precisely, the artist's record label. There are approximately 21,920 film and video editors employed in the United States.


Quick Facts
Duties Edit drafts of music videos to prepare them for viewing
Alternate Title(s) Sound Editors, Special Effects Editors
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Los Angeles and New York, but jobs exist throughout the country
Education and Training
  • High School Diploma
  • Some Postsecondary Training
Related School Subjects
  • Art
  • Computer Science
  • Music
Experience Four to ten years' experience
Skills
  • Computer
  • Digital Media
  • Interpersonal
Personality Traits
  • Artistic
  • Creative
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification Recommended
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Award-Winning Music Video Editor
  • Music Video Editor
  • Assistant Editor or Apprentice

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