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Employment for film and video editors and camera operators will grow by 18 percent through 2024, according to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), or much faster than the average for all careers. Film editors will have more opportunities due to the increase in special effects and demand for content. The growth of cable television, the increase in the number of independent film studios, and the emergence of online and mobile television and other content delivery methods for movies and television 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. Additionally, the DOL reports that "the consolidation of roles, such as field reporters who edit their own work, and the increasing reliance on amateur film footage, may lead to fewer jobs for editors and camera operators at TV stations." 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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