Videographers plan, shoot and edit video footage used in all kinds of projects and events, from documentary films to college basketball games to advertisements. Besides shooting video, these makers and creators may also be involved in everything from sound production and interviewing to post-production editing.
Because they often have to wear many different hats, videographers need to be adaptable, creative, super detailed, and able to work against deadlines. In order to operate, configure, set up, and fix video, audio, lighting, or other production equipment, they also need some measure of physical stamina and dexterity. Proficiency in post-production techniques, software and equipment are also a must.
A videographer’s responsibilities include meeting with creative or clients to plan shoots, setting up and breaking down equipment, shooting film on set or on location, and editing footage in post-production. Many videographers work for themselves as freelancers or for larger production companies, businesses or venues.
A specific degree isn’t necessarily required, but most videographers tend to have a bachelor’s in a film or broadcast-related area. Job growth for videographers is projected to increase around 8% by 2028.