Camera Operators (Film, Television or Video) set up and operate cameras to photograph scenes for film, television or video productions.

Specialisations: Focus Puller (Film).

You can work as a Camera Operator (Film, Television or Video) without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Camera Operators (Film, Television or Video).

Tasks

  • Selects and attaches equipment to cameras, positions cameras, and follows the action of scenes being photographed while adjusting controls.

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  • $1,327 Weekly Pay
  • Stable Future Growth
  • Average unemployment Unemployment

Camera Operators (Film, Television or Video)

  • 2,100 workers Employment Size
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • 59% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 45 hours Average full-time
  • 37 years Average age
  • 8% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Camera Operators (Film, Television or Video) (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years:
from 1,600 in 2011 to 2,100 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Camera Operators (Film, Television or Video) work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Information Media and Telecommunications; Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; and Arts and Recreation Services.
  • Full-time: More than half work full-time (59%, similar to the average of 66%), but there are many opportunities to work part-time.
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 45 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 37 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 8% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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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 Telecommunications81.5
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services7.0
Arts and Recreation Services4.2
Education and Training2.0
Other Industries5.3

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.
StateCamera Operators (Film, Television or Video)All Jobs Average
NSW35.031.6
VIC27.625.6
QLD18.320.0
SA5.97.0
WA8.110.8
TAS2.32.0
NT0.81.0
ACT2.01.9

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 BracketCamera Operators (Film, Television or Video)All Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-192.3-5.05.0
20-2413.8-9.39.3
25-3428.0-22.922.9
35-4421.4-22.022.0
45-5421.7-21.621.6
55-597.2-9.09.0
60-643.2-6.06.0
65 and Over2.4-4.24.2

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 QualificationCamera Operators (Film, Television or Video)All Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate3.1-10.110.1
Bachelor degree25.7-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma15.9-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV10.8-21.121.1
Year 1230.3-18.118.1
Year 116.7-4.84.8
Year 10 and below7.5-12.512.5

You can work as a Camera Operator (Film, Television or Video) without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Camera Operators (Film, Television or Video).

Thinking about study or training?

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Employers look for Performing Arts Technicians who are reliable, work well in a team and have a strong work ethic.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  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

    The 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 skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 27-4031.00 - Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Motion Picture.

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Demands

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

  1. Work With Work Group or Team

    95% Important

    How important is it to work with others in a group or team?

  2. Contact With Others

    94% Important

    How much do you have contact with people (face-to-face, by telephone, or any other way)?

  3. Indoors, Heat Controlled

    92% Important

    How often do you work indoors with access to heating or cooling?

  4. Face-to-Face Discussions

    91% Important

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

  5. Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel

    88% Important

    How much time do you spend using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls?

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 27-4031.00 - Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Motion Picture.

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