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Camera Operators


Camera operators use motion picture cameras and equipment to photograph subjects or material for movies, television programs, or commercials. They may use 35-millimeter or 16-millimeter cameras or camcorders and a variety of films, lenses, tripods, and filters in their work. Many camera operators today use digital cameras, which provide the operator with a greater range of camera angles. Camera operators' instructions often come from cinematographers or directors of photography. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, as of May 2015, approximately 20,060 camera operators worked in the United States.

Salary Range

Below $25,000 to $100,000+

Minimum Education Level

Some Postsecondary Training




Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Personality Traits


Hands On


Career Ladder
Camera Operator

Camera Assistant

Production Assistant

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