Mainly associated with the media and television industries, cameramen are responsible for all camera related operations, from adjusting lenses for the best shot, to lighting and other technical problems. As well as camera operations, a cameraman will also work closely with the lighting and sound departments, ensuring that the communication between the various technical areas is efficient and effective. Whilst some qualifications are necessary, employers and recruitment agencies will be looking for candidates with a strong technical knowledge.
The job of a cameraman is a technical one and therefore people who have the knowledge and skill behind a camera are highly sought after. The average salary currently lies at £35K, with a salary of around £14K for those just starting in the role. Depending on experience and the type of organisation however, a well experienced cameraman can earn up to £54K.
The entry requirements for a cameraman tend to be based on technical skill rather than academic qualifications. However having a degree in Media, Film or Photography can make candidates more attractive to employers and recruitment agencies alike. Other favoured qualifications include a BTEC in Media Production or taking part in training courses offered by The Guild of British Camera Technicians.
Those who wish to enter the field should be prepared to work long hours in challenging conditions, although a cameraman is also expected to be able to travel at short notice as the job comes with plenty of opportunities to travel. A recruitment agency looking to hire someone for the role will seek those who can operate well within a large team and display strong communication skills.