A Camera Operator will usually work under a Director or a Director of Photography. They will need to set up their equipment, decide on the best angles for shots, offer advice and the best way to shoot a scene and deal with any technical or other problems. Camera operators often work on a freelance basis, therefore rates and hours can vary enormously.
Experience as a runner or camera assistant to gain the technical skills and knowledge required. A HND, BTEC or degree in media production, media studies, photography, performing arts would be useful but is not essential.
An aptitude for photography, technical knowledge of cameras, interpersonal and communication skills, tact and diplomacy, creativity, patience, attention to detail, able to take direction from others, the ability see a good shot.