How to become a Film and Television Editor

Film and television editors edit and assemble films and videos from raw, unedited footage ('dailies' or 'rushes'), taking into account the mood, pace and climax of films or television productions.

Personal requirements of a Film and Television Editor

  • Artistic flair and interest in visual media
  • Patience
  • Attention to detail
  • Able to work as part of a team
  • Able to take direction
  • Lateral thinking

Education & Training for a Film and Television Editor

You can work as a film and television editor without formal qualifications. You will probably get some informal training on the job. Entry to this occupation may be improved if you have qualifications. You may like to consider a VET qualification. Applicants may be required to attend an interview and/or submit a folio of work. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information. You can also become a film and television editor through a traineeship. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10. Alternatively, you can become a film and television editor by completing a degree in creative arts, media, screen production or film and television. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education with English. Applicants may be required to attend an interview and/or submit a folio of work. Institutions have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information. For further details, visit

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:

strong growth

Employment by state:

ACT 1.7%

NSW 58.7%

NT 1.2%

QLD 7.4%

SA 3.1%

TAS 0.7%

VIC 19.6%

WA 7.6%

Hours worked:



below average

Gender split:

Male 75.6%

Female 24.3%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 0%

Not completed Year 12: 0%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 15.9%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 12.4%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 15%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 56.6%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 0%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 32.3%

Above 35 years: 63.6%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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