52110 – Film and video camera operators

Broad Occupation Category

5 – Occupations in art, culture, recreation and sport


2 – Occupations usually require a college diploma or apprenticeship training of two or more years; or supervisory occupations

Major Group

52 – Technical occupations in art, culture and sport

Broad Occupation Category

521 – Technical occupations in art and culture

Broad Occupation Category

5211 – Technical occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting and the performing arts

Film and video camera operators operate motion picture and video cameras and related equipment to record news, live events, films, videos and television broadcasts. They are employed by television networks and stations, motion picture and video production companies and in-house communications facilities of large corporations.

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Example Titles

  • Assistant camera operator

  • Camera operator

  • Electronic news gathering (ENG) camera operator

  • Film camera operator

  • Motion picture camera operator

  • Studio camera operator

  • Television camera operator

  • Video camera operator

Main Duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:

  • Meet with director and senior members of camera crew to discuss assignment and determine filming sequences, camera movements and picture composition

  • Select and set up camera equipment to be used and attach lens, filters and film magazine to camera

  • Adjust focus, exposure, lighting and other camera settings

  • Operate film or video camera to record news, live events, films, videos and television broadcasts

  • Label and record contents of exposed film, and complete report sheets

  • Test, maintain and store equipment

  • May operate unmanned aerial vehicle/drone to capture aerial films of the landscape or any subject.

Employment Requirements

  • Completion of a college or technical program in broadcasting, audio-visual technology or a related field and experience as an assistant camera operator are usually required.

  • Creative and technical ability, as demonstrated by a portfolio of work and experience, may be required.