Joseph Nathan Cohen

Department of Sociology, CUNY Queens College, New York, NY


This post introduces the occupation of Film and Video Editors (Standard Occupation Code: 27-4032). It is part of a series that profiles possible careers for students with passions and interests in content creation.

Official Description

Edit moving images on film, video, or other media. May work with a producer or director to organize images for final production. May edit or synchronize soundtracks with images.

Link to Content Creation

Editing is a major part of any content creation enterprise that deals with video, whether it is on an Internet platform (e.g., YouTube, TikTok) or on legacy media (like movies or TV). High-quality editing can substantially affect the overall quality and success of a video production. 

Click here to read about the results of a Motion Picture Editors Guild poll of the 75 Best Edited Films of All-Time.

Suitable Candidates

The career might appeal to creators who love crafting videos on Final Cut, Premiere, After Effects, and similar software.  It might be a good option for the type of person who enjoys fine-tuning and orchestrating video and audio clips.  The job requires comfort with the software, an eye for detail, a taste for fine-crafting polished work,  an aptitude for working with visuals and audio, and an interest and talent for storytelling.

Key Stats

Bright Outlook?  Yes

National Job (Thousands) In 2021: 48.1

Projected Ten-Year Growth In Jobs, 2021 – 2031: 11%

Median Income (US): $63,520

Top Markets: Video Editing

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