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Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Motion Picture - 27-4031.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Operate television, video, or motion picture camera to record images or scenes for various purposes, such as TV broadcasts, advertising, video production, or motion pictures.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Camera Operator
  • Cameraman
  • Master Control Operator (MCO)
  • News Videographer
  • Production Assistant
  • Production Technician
  • Studio Camera Operator
  • Television News Photographer
  • Truck Operator
  • Videographer

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


  • Adjust positions and controls of cameras, printers, and related equipment to change focus, exposure, and lighting.
  • Assemble studio sets and select and arrange cameras, film stock, audio, or lighting equipment to be used during filming.
  • Compose and frame each shot, applying the technical aspects of light, lenses, film, filters, and camera settings to achieve the effects sought by directors.
  • Confer with directors, sound and lighting technicians, electricians, and other crew members to discuss assignments and determine filming sequences, desired effects, camera movements, and lighting requirements.
  • Design graphics for studio productions.
  • Direct studio productions.
  • Edit video for broadcast productions, including non-linear editing.
  • Instruct camera operators regarding camera setups, angles, distances, movement, and variables and cues for starting and stopping filming.
  • Label and record contents of exposed film and note details on report forms.
  • Observe sets or locations for potential problems and to determine filming and lighting requirements.
  • Operate television or motion picture cameras to record scenes for television broadcasts, advertising, or motion pictures.
  • Operate zoom lenses, changing images according to specifications and rehearsal instructions.
  • Prepare slates that describe the scenes being filmed.
  • Read and analyze work orders and specifications to determine locations of subject material, work procedures, sequences of operations, and machine setups.
  • Read charts and compute ratios to determine variables such as lighting, shutter angles, filter factors, and camera distances.
  • Reload camera magazines with fresh raw film stock.
  • Set up and operate electric news gathering (ENG) microwave vehicles to gather and edit raw footage on location to send to television affiliates for broadcast.
  • Set up and perform live shots for broadcast.
  • Set up cameras, optical printers, and related equipment to produce photographs and special effects.
  • Stay current with new technologies in the field by reading trade magazines.
  • Test, clean, maintain, and repair broadcast equipment, including testing microphones, to ensure proper working condition.
  • Use cameras in any of several different camera mounts, such as stationary, track-mounted, or crane-mounted.
  • View films to resolve problems of exposure control, subject and camera movement, changes in subject distance, and related variables.
  • Write new scripts for broadcasts.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Collaborate with others to determine technical details of productions.
  • Coordinate activities of production personnel.
  • Create computer-generated graphics or animation.
  • Determine technical requirements of productions or projects.
  • Direct productions or performances.
  • Edit audio or video recordings.
  • Inspect sets or exhibits.
  • Label production materials.
  • Maintain recording or broadcasting equipment.
  • Manage content of broadcasts or presentations.
  • Operate communications, transmissions, or broadcasting equipment.
  • Operate still or video cameras or related equipment.
  • Research new technologies.
  • Review details of technical drawings or specifications.
  • Select materials or props.
  • Set up still or video cameras or related equipment.
  • Write informational material.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Broadcast Journalist (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Broadcast Journalist Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Broadcast Journalist Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Broadcast Journalist Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Broadcast Journalist Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Combat Camera Chief (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Combat Documentation/Production Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Combat Photographer (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Combat Videographer (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Communication Strategy and Operations Chief (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Hospital Corpsman (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Information System Technician (Coast Guard - Enlisted)
  • Mass Communications Specialist (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Multimedia Cameraman (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Photographer s Mate Tracking NEC (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Photographer's Mate (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Photojournalist (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Photojournalist Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Photojournalist Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Photojournalist Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Photojournalist Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Public Affairs Mass Communication Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Public Affairs Specialist (Coast Guard - Enlisted)
  • Television Cameraman (Army - Enlisted)
  • Video (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Video Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Video Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Video Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Video Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Visual Information Equipment Operator-Maintainer (Army - Enlisted)
  • Visual Information Operations Chief (Army - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Camera Operator

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Camera Operator
  • Camera Operator, Animation
  • Camera Operator, Title
  • Director of Photography
  • Optical-Effects-Camera Operator