Top 5 Film & Video Production Career Opportunities

By , posted 5 March 2010

Ever wonder which career opportunities you could pursue with a film and video production degree? Finding a job with great benefits and ideal growth opportunities is important to most people who get a degree in Film & Video Production. Here are five of the top career choices for film and video production professionals.

1. Motion Picture Camera Operator - This career choice could be perfect for you if you enjoy capturing images that tell a story. A motion picture camera operator will often film movies, but also could work on television shows and commercials. This dynamic career is ideal for detail-oriented people who strive to achieve at an above-average level. A motion picture camera operator could pursue employment opportunities in production companies.

2. Television Production Assistant - A television production assistant is also known as a PA. The job of a production assistant is to do whatever is asked, from grabbing coffee for a large meeting to making copies of scripts. This career can be a great entry-level start for someone who just graduated from a Film and Video Production degree program. A good production assistant will be an attentive listener, an outstanding communicator, and be willing to learn and grow. These attributes are crucial if a production assistant wants to move up in the industry.

3. TV, Film or Video Producer - You'll need thick skin to work as a producer for television, film or video. This position can require you to work long hours while under extreme pressure. A producer's job will require choosing scripts, making directorial decisions, hiring cast members, managing a complete crew, and keeping the project on budget. In television, producers will decide what segment to air. In any medium they can also be responsible for writing or rewriting scripts, so strong writing skills are essential.

4. Video Editor - A video editor can have a variety of job opportunities, including working on a major motion picture, editing music videos, television show editing, television news editing, or editing for the Internet. A video editor must have strong computer skills and experience working with editing equipment such as AVID or Final Cut Pro. The editor should also have an open mind and always be able to showcase their creative side.

5. Visual FX Artist - A Visual FX Artist should have a keen interest in computer-based effects for film and television. The primary responsibility of a Visual FX Artist will be to capture the essence of visual effects for motion picture, television, and Internet video though internal and external resources. An FX Artist must be proficient with computer software including 3D Studio Max, Photoshop, and other industry-leading software. This career opportunity also requires a creative mind as well as the ability to follow directions and accept constructive criticism.

Note: The national job outlook for Motion Picture Camera Operator, Television Production Assistant, TV, Film and Video Producer, and Video Editor opportunities are expected to increase by 2016, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.* Local job markets vary.

* www.bls.gov/oco/ocos091.htm

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