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Career and Education Opportunities for Film or Videotape Editors in Seattle, Washington

If you want to be a film or videotape editor, the Seattle, Washington area offers many opportunities both for education and employment. Currently, 230 people work as film or videotape editors in Washington. This is expected to grow 12% to 250 people by 2016. This is better than the national trend for film or videotape editors, which sees this job pool growing by about 11.9% over the next eight years. In general, film or videotape editors edit motion picture soundtracks, film, and video.

Film or videotape editors earn approximately $18 per hour or $38,530 annually on average in Washington. Nationally they average about $24 hourly or $50,560 yearly. Incomes for film or videotape editors are not quite as good as in the overall category of Media Technical in Washington, and better than the overall Media Technical category nationally. Film or videotape editors work in a variety of jobs, including: tape editor, optical effects layout person, and video tape duplicator.

There are sixty-five schools of higher education in the Seattle area, including six within twenty-five miles of Seattle where you can get a degree to start your career as a film or videotape editor. Film or videotape editors usually hold a Bachelor's degree, so you can expect to spend about four years studying to be a film or videotape editor if you already have a high school diploma.

CAREER DESCRIPTION: Film or Videotape Editor

Film or Videotape Editor video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, film or videotape editors edit motion picture soundtracks, film, and video.

Film or videotape editors edit films and videotapes to insert music and sound effects, to organize films into sequences, and to fix errors, using editing equipment. They also assemble and operate computer editing systems, electronic titling systems, video switching equipment, and digital video effects units to produce a final product. Equally important, film or videotape editors have to mark frames where a particular shot or piece of sound is to begin or end. They are often called upon to inspect assembled films or edited videotapes on screens or monitors to establish if corrections are needed. They are expected to verify key numbers and time codes on materials. Finally, film or videotape editors cut shot sequences to different angles at specific points in scenes, making each individual cut as fluid and seamless as possible.

Every day, film or videotape editors are expected to be able to prioritize information for further consideration. They need to articulate ideas and problems. It is also important that they listen to and understand others in meetings.

It is important for film or videotape editors to decide on and combine the most effective shots of each scene to fashion a logical and smoothly running story. They are often called upon to inspect footage sequence by sequence to become familiar with it before assembling it into a final product. They also organize and string together raw footage into a continuous whole in line with scripts or the instructions of directors and producers. They are sometimes expected to program computerized graphic effects. Somewhat less frequently, film or videotape editors are also expected to collaborate with music editors to decide on appropriate passages of music and design production scores.

Film or videotape editors sometimes are asked to collaborate with music editors to decide on appropriate passages of music and design production scores. They also have to be able to supervise and direct efforts of staff working on film editing and recording efforts and piece sounds together to optimize film soundtracks. And finally, they sometimes have to estimate how long audiences watching comedies will laugh at each gag line or situation, to space scenes appropriately.

Like many other jobs, film or videotape editors must be reliable and be thorough and dependable.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Seattle include:

  • Artistic Director. Audition and interview performers to select most appropriate talent for parts in stage, television, or motion picture productions.
  • Audio Visual Technician. Set up or set up and operate audio and video equipment including microphones, sound speakers, video screens, projectors, video monitors, recording equipment, connecting wires and cables, sound and mixing boards, and related electronic equipment for concerts, sports events, meetings and conventions, presentations, and news conferences. May also set up and operate associated spotlights and other custom lighting systems.
  • Broadcast Technician. Set up, operate, and maintain the electronic equipment used to transmit radio and television programs. Control audio equipment to regulate volume level and quality of sound during radio and television broadcasts. Operate radio transmitter to broadcast radio and television programs.
  • Camera Operator. Operate television, video, or motion picture camera to photograph images or scenes for various purposes, such as TV broadcasts, advertising, or motion pictures.
  • Choreographer. Create and teach dance. May direct and stage presentations.
  • Director. Interpret script, conduct rehearsals, and direct activities of cast and technical crew for stage, motion pictures, or radio programs.
  • Fine Artist. Create original artwork using any of a wide variety of mediums and techniques.
  • Music Composer. Write and transcribe musical scores.
  • Musician. Play one or more musical instruments in recital, in accompaniment, or as members of an orchestra, band, or other musical group.
  • Photographer. Photograph persons, subjects, or other commercial products. May develop negatives and produce finished prints.
  • Program Director. Direct and coordinate activities of personnel engaged in preparation of radio or television station program schedules and programs.
  • Sound Engineer. Operate machines and equipment to record, synchronize, or reproduce music, voices, or sound effects in sporting arenas, theater productions, or movie and video productions.
  • Technical Director. Coordinate activities of technical departments, such as taping, editing, and maintenance, to produce radio or television programs.
  • Writer. Create original written works.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Film or Videotape Editor Training

Seattle Community College-Central Campus - Seattle, WA

Seattle Community College-Central Campus, 1701 Broadway Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122. Seattle Community College-Central Campus is a medium sized college located in Seattle, Washington. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 7,402 students. Seattle Community College-Central Campus has an associate's degree program in Audiovisual Communications Technologies/Technicians, Other Specialties which graduated seventeen students in 2008.

Clover Park Technical College - Lakewood, WA

Clover Park Technical College, 4500 Steilacoom Blvd SW, Lakewood, WA 98499-4004. Clover Park Technical College is a medium sized college located in Lakewood, Washington. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 3,781 students. Clover Park Technical College has an associate's degree program in Radio and Television Broadcasting Technology/Technician which graduated two students in 2008.

Seattle Community College-North Campus - Seattle, WA

Seattle Community College-North Campus, 9600 College Way North, Seattle, WA 98103-3599. Seattle Community College-North Campus is a medium sized college located in Seattle, Washington. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 6,159 students. Seattle Community College-North Campus has a one to two year program in Communications Technology/Technician which graduated one student in 2008.

Highline Community College - Des Moines, WA

Highline Community College, 2400 S 240th St, Des Moines, WA 98198-9800. Highline Community College is a medium sized college located in Des Moines, Washington. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 6,267 students. Highline Community College has a one to two year and an associate's degree program in Audiovisual Communications Technologies/Technicians, Other Specialties which graduated two and nine students respectively in 2008.

Bates Technical College - Tacoma, WA

Bates Technical College, 1101 S Yakima Ave, Tacoma, WA 98405. Bates Technical College is a medium sized college located in Tacoma, Washington. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 2,807 students. Bates Technical College has a one to two year and an associate's degree program in Radio and Television Broadcasting Technology/Technician which graduated two and thirteen students respectively in 2008.

Edmonds Community College - Lynnwood, WA

Edmonds Community College, 20000 68th Ave W, Lynnwood, WA 98036-5912. Edmonds Community College is a medium sized college located in Lynnwood, Washington. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 7,823 students. Edmonds Community College has a less than one year program in Audiovisual Communications Technologies/Technicians, Other Specialties which graduated five students in 2008.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Seattle, Washington

Seattle, Washington
Seattle, Washington photo by Dschwen

Seattle is located in King County, Washington. It has a population of over 598,541, which has grown by 6.2% in the past ten years. The cost of living index in Seattle, 126, is far greater than the national average. New single-family homes in Seattle are valued at $206,700 on average, which is well below the state average. In 2008, five hundred ninety-five new homes were built in Seattle, down from seven hundred seventy-five the previous year.

The three big industries for women in Seattle are health care, professional, scientific, and technical services, and educational services. For men, it is professional, scientific, and technical services, construction, and educational services. The average commute to work is about 25 minutes. More than 47.2% of Seattle residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 17.3%, is higher than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Seattle is 7.8%, which is less than Washington's average of 8.7%.

The percentage of Seattle residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 37.3%, is less than the national average but more than the state average. The largest religious groups are the Catholic Church, the LDS (Mormon) Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Seattle is home to the Berth 5 and the Akli Point Lighthouse as well as Lincoln Park and Myrtle Edwards Park. Shopping centers in the area include Lake City Shopping Center, Westwood Village Shopping Center and Oak Tree Village Shopping Center. Visitors to Seattle can choose from A-1 Motel, Arlington Suites and Marriott Sea-Tac Airport for temporary stays in the area.