Videographer

Career Area: Design, Media, and Writing

Occupation Group: Visual Design

Salary

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An example would be the 25th percentile, 25 percent of workers employed in that occupation earn less and 75 percent earn more than the estimated wage value. At the 75th percentile, 75 percent of workers employed in that occupation earn less and 25 percent earn more than the estimated wage value.

A typical Videographer earns the following wages (national and state):

State

The average salary in North Carolina for those pursuing this career is $51,141

*The salaries depicted here are representative of the range of salaries posted in job listings over the past year. Living wage in North Carolina is $30,000.

National

The average salary in the United States for those pursuing this career is $50,331

*The salaries depicted here are representative of the range of salaries posted in job listings over the past year. Living wage in North Carolina is $30,000.

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Creates video recordings of events and private ceremonies. Films and produces documentaries, commercials or music videos. Creates promotional videos for businesses and posts on company websites. Creates videos designed for internet distribution. Works with light and sound technicians.

Employment Trends

The job demand and job growth statistics shown here were derived from job posts over the past year. Expected job growth projections are extrapolated from year-over-year job post listing history.

Job demand and job growth is expected at the following rates:

LocationGrowth
North Carolina227+9.3%
Nationwide7921+7.2%

Skills

A professional in this position typically utilizes the following skills in the course of everyday work in this exciting and challenging field:

Baseline Skills

The following are baseline skills every Videographer is expected to have in order to experience success in this field:

  • Editing: Editing is the process of selecting and preparing written, visual, audible, and film media used to convey information.
  • Creativity: Mental characteristic that allows a person to think outside of the box, which results in innovative or different approaches to a particular task.
  • Communication Skills: The ability to convey information to another effectively and efficiently.
  • Teamwork / Collaboration: Experience working in collaborative efforts with a team to achieve a common goal or to complete a task in the most effective and efficient way.
  • Detail-Oriented: A detail oriented person is someone who pays attention to the details and can make a conscious effort to understand causes instead of just the effects, and that does this in a second nature type of way.

Specialized Skills

These skills are specific to working in this career:

  • Videography: Videography refers to the process of capturing moving images on electronic media (e.g., videotape, direct to disk recording, or solid state storage) and even streaming media.
  • Video Editing: Video editing is the manipulation and arrangement of video images.
  • Video Production: Video production is the process of creating video by capturing moving images (videography), and creating combinations and reductions of parts of this video in live production and post-production (video editing).
  • Adobe Photoshop: Adobe Photoshop is a raster graphics editor developed and published by Adobe Systems for macOS and Windows.
  • Adobe Premiere: Working experience of Adobe Premiere, which is a timeline-based video editing app developed by Adobe Systems and published as part of the Adobe Creative Cloud licensing program.

Distinguishing Skills

Any Videographer that possesses the following skills will stand out against the competition:

  • Color Editing: Image editing encompasses the processes of altering images, whether they are digital photographs, traditional photochemical photographs, or illustrations.
  • Graphic Design: Graphic design is the process of visual communication and problem-solving using one or more of typography, photography and illustration.
  • Multimedia: Multimedia is content that uses a combination of different content forms such as text, audio, images, animations, video and interactive content.
  • Post Production: Post-production, or postproduction, is part of the process of filmmaking, video production, and photography.
  • Media Production: Media production includes full-time and freelance workers in any field of communication, entertainment or information that reaches a wide range of people. Media production refers to the professional creation of such content.

Experience

This position typically requires the following level of experience. The numbers presented in the pie charts below were derived from actual job posts over the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Experience Required%
0 to 2 years49%
3 to 5 years45%
6 to 8 years4%

Many of the programs offered through NC State are designed for working professionals who need additional credentials to enhance existing work experience.

Students who do not have the expected level of experience may wish to look into internship and employment opportunities.

Common Job Titles

It is possible to find work in this field in positions commonly listed as the following job titles:

  • Videographer
  • Wedding Videographer
  • Freelance Videographer
  • Videographer And Editor
  • Camera Operator

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