Description: Videographers film or videotape material for television networks, documentary or independent filmmakers, advertising agencies, or event producers, often times at a daily rate. ?
Knowledge Required: Video production, camera operation, business and financial management, color theory?
Skills: Creativity, technical expertise, good eyesight, artistic ability, hand-eye coordination, detail oriented?
Career Path: Many videographers acquire their skills through formal postsecondary training, and enter the field as production assistants. Employers usually seek applicants with a good eye, imagination, and creativity, as well as a good technical understanding of how the camera operates.
Best Cities for this job: Large metropolitan areas with a concentration of entertainment are Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco, and Washington D.C.
Median Annual Income: National: $52,380 CA: $61,540
Future Growth: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in the entertainment industry is expected to grow 11 percent during the 2008–18 decade.
From the field: "The best way to learn is to actually get your hands on some gear and start creating." - Andrew Waites, Videographer & Owner, Higher Definition MediaView more Day in the Life videos »