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Career Definition for a Video Production Assistant
Serving as a video production assistant is an excellent way to understand the breadth of responsibilities a video producer must face. Also called an assistant video producer, the job consists of helping the producer in any way possible, including arranging meetings and auditions, managing a team of interns, gathering clips and reference material, performing research, and knowing which of a production's myriad issues must be resolved immediately, and which to pass along to the producer.
|Education||Undergraduate degree in arts, arts management or business recommended, not required|
|Job Skills||Stamina for long hours, diplomacy, research skills, camera operation|
|Median Salary (2019)||$31,170 for production assistants|
|Job Growth (2016-2026)||12% for all producers and directors|
Source: Salary.com, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Required Educational Background
Many video production assistants have a college degree in the arts, arts management, or business, but there are no absolute educational requirements. Experience in the entertainment industry, from either the business or the productions side, is paramount. Work in movie-making or theater can be very good preparation for a job in video production.
A good working relationship with the video producer is fundamental, as is the personality to work efficiently in a supporting role. Dedication to the arts, the stamina to work long hours, and the diplomacy to work well with others are useful abilities for a video productions assistant to have. Research skills, scriptwriting, audio recording and camera operation are sometimes required.
The median annual salary among all production assistants was reported as $31,170 by Salary.com in March 2019. Some video production assistant jobs are unpaid intern positions, although a successful internship can open the door to other production jobs in the future. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects that the career field of directors and producers will experience faster than average growth of 12% from 2016-2026.
Alternate Career Options
You might consider these alternative options for a career in video:
Film and Video Editor
Normally having a bachelor's degree in broadcasting or film, editors work with directors to decide on editing techniques necessary to fulfill the production's overall vision. 17% growth was projected for this field, from 2016-2026, according to the BLS. That same resource reported editors' median annual wages as $61,180 in 2017.
Multimedia Artist and Animator
With a bachelor's degree in animation, fine art, computer graphics or a similar field, in addition to an impressive portfolio of work, these artists and animators then pursue employment creating visual effects and animation for movies, TV, video games and movies. According to the BLS, they earned an annual median salary of $70,530 in 2017, with those working in the motion picture and video industries earning the top wages. An average job growth of 8% was predicted by the BLS during the 2016-2026 decade.