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Employment for camera operators is expected to grow more slowly than the average for all careers through 2024, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. If the economy continues to experience moderate growth, the use of visual images may increase more in areas such as communication, education, entertainment, marketing, and research and development. More businesses may make use of video training films and public relations projects that use film. Camera operators would also be needed to help create made-for-the-Internet broadcasts. The entertainment industries are also expanding. Relatively new digital delivery technologies such as video streaming that transmit content to mobile and desktop devices may help create new employment opportunities for camera operators working in the entertainment industries and for companies producing online educational video productions. However, competition for positions is fierce. Employment will not be as strong in television broadcasting as automation reduces the number of camera operators needed to create television shows, newscasts, and other productions. Camera operators work in what is considered a desirable and exciting field, and they must work hard and be aggressive to get good jobs, especially in Los Angeles and New York.

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