Camera technicians must be able to control cameras with a high degree of operational and technical knowledge.
Additionally, camera technicians must have an understanding of the electronic and mechanical processes cameras use to film or to capture photos. Strong troubleshooting skills and the ability to follow directions through diagrams, manuals or instruction are also critical.
Camera technicians and others working in camera operation and cinematography commonly seek and complete internships and on-the-job training as part of their career education. While a percentage of employers may hire individuals with a high school diploma, due to the pace of technology and the high degree of technical knowledge required, employers of camera technicians often require a bachelor's degree in film and television, digital media or electronics. Associate and master's degrees do exist in relevant subjects; however, a bachelor's degree supplemented by training through a studio or production company remains common practice.