Video Operator

Control video consoles to regulate transmission of television scenes.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$18,000 – $72,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Video Operators do?

Controls video console to regulate transmission of television scenes, including test patterns and filmed and live black-and-white or color telecast: Views action on television monitor and sets switches and observes dials on console to control framing, contrast, brilliance, color balance, and fidelity of image being transmitted. Monitors on-air programs to ensure technical quality of broadcast. Previews upcoming program to determine that signal is functioning and that program will be ready for transmission at required time. May maintain log on studio-to-transmitter microwave link.


Should I be a Video Operator?

You should have a certificate degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Flexible: You're open to change and think variety is the spice of life.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.

  • Also known as: Board Operator, Chyron Operator, Facsimile Operator, Studio Technician-Video Operator, Wire Photo Operator

    How to become a Video Operator

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