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Music Video Production Assistant Career Information

Music video production assistants are the 'hands-on' members of music video crews, and their job duties can range from chauffeuring musicians and making coffee to moving equipment and running post-production editing software. To learn more about education requirements, useful skills and salaries for music video production assistants, read on.

Career Definition for a Music Video Production Assistant

Under supervision, music video production assistants make sure that performers, props, equipment and meals for crew members are in place at the proper time. Additional duties may include overseeing the design and financial aspects of a production, ensuring that projects stay on schedule and selecting stage crew members and dancers. Incidental tasks, such as running errands, may also be part of a production assistant's job description.

Education Degree programs available in music video production, but not required
Job Skills Organization, multitasking, courtesy, professionalism
Median Salary (2015)* $29,199 for production assistants
Job Outlook (2014-2024)** 9% for producers and directors

Source: *Salary.com, **U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Required Education

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), a formal education is not required to become a production assistant, and aspiring professionals can acquire their training on the set. Undergraduate degree programs in music video production, available through postsecondary school film departments, may provide students with training in lighting, directing and business administration.

Skills Required

Music video production assistants must be able to interact courteously and professionally with each member of a music video team. Organizational skills, as well as the ability to handle a variety of tasks, are also essential. Ideal applicants will have a valid driver's license and clean driving record and be able to lift up to 50 pounds.

Career and Salary Outlook

Production assistants in general earned median annual wages of $29,199 per year in May 2016, according to Salary.com. As reported on the website, median salaries are highest in the Northeast, while job prospects are best in the New York City and Los Angeles markets.

Alternate Career Options

For other ideas in careers that involve production assistance, consider the following:

Broadcast and Sound Engineering Technicians

Broadcast and sound engineering technicians oversee the configuration and operation of audio and visual equipment, such as the digital, recording and transmitting devices used in radio and television, concerts, films and studio recordings. For editing purposes, they may also be responsible for adapting audio or video recordings to computer-friendly formats. While broadcast technicians usually need an associate degree in a relevant training area, those who are interested in audio-video technology may be able to find work with a certificate or non-degree award from a college or vocational school. As reported by the BLS, broadcast and sound engineering technicians earned median yearly salaries of $41,780 in May 2015 (www.bls.gov).

Camera Operators, Film Editors and Video Editors

A music video production will also require the services of professionals who record and edit moving images. Camera operators can specialize in cinematography, studio work or videography; editors must be computer literate and proficient in the use of digital editing software. Camera operators and editors usually have a 4-year degree in broadcasting, film studies or another related area, which usually combines hands-on technical training with media theory. As of May 2015, film and video editors, as well as camera operators, were paid median annual wages of $55,740, according to the BLS.


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