Cinematographers plan, direct and coordinate filming to control the quality and style of photography in films or videos.

    You can work as a Cinematographer without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. A course in screen production might be helpful.

    Tasks

    • Determines lighting, film, shutter angles, filter factors, camera distance, depth of field and focus, angles of view and other variables to achieve desired mood and effect.
    • Views film and video tape to evaluate and select scenes and determine which scenes need to be re-shot.

    All Film, Television, Radio and Stage Directors

    • $1,539 Weekly Pay
    • Strong Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment

    Cinematographers

    • 450 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 61% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 47 hours Average full-time
    • 41 years Average age
    • 8% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Cinematographers (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years:
    from 300 in 2011 to 450 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Cinematographers work in many parts of Australia. New South Wales has a large share of workers.
    • Industries: Most work in Information Media and Telecommunications; Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; and Education and Training.
    • Full-time: Many work full-time (61%, similar to the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 47 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 41 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 8% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Information Media and Telecommunications85.0
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services11.0
    Education and Training1.0
    Arts and Recreation Services1.0
    Other Industries2.0

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateCinematographersAll Jobs Average
    NSW52.131.6
    VIC27.625.6
    QLD9.020.0
    SA5.37.0
    WA2.810.8
    TAS0.72.0
    NT0.71.0
    ACT1.81.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketCinematographersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.0-5.05.0
    20-247.5-9.39.3
    25-3426.5-22.922.9
    35-4424.8-22.022.0
    45-5426.7-21.621.6
    55-598.4-9.09.0
    60-643.7-6.06.0
    65 and Over2.3-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationCinematographersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate10.8-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree29.1-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma22.6-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV8.8-21.121.1
    Year 1221.1-18.118.1
    Year 113.5-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below4.0-12.512.5

    You can work as a Cinematographer without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. A course in screen production might be helpful.

    Membership with the Australian Directors Guild may be useful.

    Thinking about study or training?

    Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

    • Search and compare thousands of higher education courses, and their entry requirements from different institutions across Australia at Course Seeker website.
    • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
    • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
    • You might be interested in Creative Arts and Culture VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

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    Employers look for Film, Television, Radio and Stage Directors who have strong interpersonal skills, can communicate well with diverse audiences and who are organised and efficient.

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    Knowledge

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    1. Computers and electronics

      71% Skill level

      Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

    2. Communications and media

      65% Skill level

      Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

    3. Telecommunications

      54% Skill level

      Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

    4. Engineering and technology

      48% Skill level

      Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

    5. English language

      46% Skill level

      English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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    The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

    1. Teamwork

      95% Important

      Work with people in a group or team.

    2. Contact with people

      94% Important

      Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

    3. Indoors, heat controlled

      92% Important

      Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

    4. Face-to-face discussions

      91% Important

      Talk with people face-to-face.

    5. Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

      88% Important

      Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

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