Film and Video Editors make and implement editorial decisions regarding mood, pace and climax of films, television programs, video productions or commercials.

    You can work as a Film and Video Editor without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. A course in film and video editing might be helpful.

    Tasks

    • Views film and video tape to evaluate and select scenes and determine which scenes need to be re-shot.
    • Plans and organises the preparation and presentation of programmes.

    All Film, Television, Radio and Stage Directors

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

    Film and Video Editors

    • 2,500 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 75% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 45 hours Average full-time
    • 34 years Average age
    • 26% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Film and Video Editors (in their main job) grew strongly over 5 years:
    from 2,200 in 2011 to 2,500 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Film and Video Editors 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 (75%, higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 45 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 34 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 26% 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 Telecommunications82.4
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services8.5
    Education and Training2.3
    Arts and Recreation Services2.0
    Other Industries4.8

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateFilm and Video EditorsAll Jobs Average
    NSW50.331.6
    VIC24.825.6
    QLD11.820.0
    SA4.17.0
    WA5.110.8
    TAS1.22.0
    NT0.61.0
    ACT2.11.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketFilm and Video EditorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-192.2-5.05.0
    20-2413.9-9.39.3
    25-3436.6-22.922.9
    35-4423.5-22.022.0
    45-5415.5-21.621.6
    55-594.8-9.09.0
    60-642.6-6.06.0
    65 and Over0.9-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS, 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 QualificationFilm and Video EditorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate8.0-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree42.2-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma17.0-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV8.0-21.121.1
    Year 1219.5-18.118.1
    Year 112.5-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below2.7-12.512.5

    You can work as a Film and Video Editor without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. A course in film and video editing might be helpful.

    Membership with The Australian Screen Editors Guild (ASE) may be useful.

    Thinking about study or training?

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

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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

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Communications and Media

      72% Skill level

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

    2. Computers and Electronics

      69% Skill level

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

    3. English Language

      56% Skill level

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

    4. Production and Processing

      53% Skill level

      Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

    5. Administration and Management

      49% Skill level

      Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

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    1. Indoors, Heat Controlled

      96% Important

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    2. Spend Time Sitting

      95% Important

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    3. Face-to-Face Discussions

      94% Important

      How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

    4. Telephone

      94% Important

      How often do you talk on the telephone?

    5. Being Exact or Accurate

      93% Important

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