My Career Research Project By: Jonathan Angel

My two highest scoring categories in the Naviance Career Interest Profiler were Enterprising and Artistic. I believe these were accurate representations of the types of jobs I wanted. I have been doing projects by myself throughout my life and I am very creative and like coming up with interesting ideas. A lot of the jobs didn't pay well unless you were in the lowest percent quartile where you would make the most money in a career but some paid pretty good.

Film and Video Editors and Camera Operators

  • Requires a bachelor degree
  • Pays around $55,700
  • Shoot and film TV shows, movies, videos, etc
  • Edit film based off of directors guidelines
  • Select what equipment should be used. ex. Lighting, camera, lense
  • Collaborate and discuss with director on how to improve scenes or film.
  • Requires many skills. (communication, computer, creativity, visual, hand eye coordination, etc)
  • Job usually requires a bachelors degree and cinematography classes should be taken involving a mix of film and theory with practical training.
  • You can choose to major in photography or radio and television to help.
  • Entry grade level education is what is accepted.
  • Have an understanding of editing software and digital cameras.
  • Editors must pass an exam to gain a certification in an editing any specific software.
  • This all seems adequate for going into this career.

Some colleges that give majors in communications, technology and technicians are DeVry institute of technology long island city, Capital technology university Laurel Maryland and SUNY college at old westbury. Devry offers an associates, bachelors and masters degree. Capital technology offers an associates, bachelors, masters, doctorate and certifications. SUNY give a masters and a bachelors degree.

Film and video editors usually work in a studio or some sort of office by there self or with the director or producer for long periods. On the other hand camera operators shoot film on sight at the location, they could be sent away from home for awhile to film with all their equipment. Some camera operators film in dangerous and uncomfortable locations such as battlefields or natural disasters. Work hours vary on the type of operator and editor.

I already know that film editors work in confined periods but something new I learned about camera operators and there work conditions. Some put their lives on the line filming a military conflict or going to a dangerous natural disaster site or dangerous weather.
From the years 2014 to 2024 the job employment is projected to increase by at least 11% for film and video editors and camera operators. For film and video editors the growth rate is increasing at a high rate while camera operators is growing slower than the national average.
According to Naviance the New York average median salary is $74,590 in the Long Island region. After awhile in working in this career if you go into the higher 10% you can be earning up too $132,920 a year. This in my opinion is fair pay in relation to all the long and tedious work that needs to be done.


I am very much interested in film and video editing. What I like about it is there is no one type of editor as there are many different editing programs and I also like the idea of getting editing tips off fellow employees. I'm not that interested in camera operating but it would be good to know about camera angles. Something that might worry me is deadlines for videos. A question I would ask would probably be about deadlines and would I have to work extra hours and rush my work? I'm eager in exploring this career and possible outputs for the future. If I don't get into this career I could be a Director, Photographer or a Graphic designer.

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