Animal Video Editor Career Profile

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RESEARCH: ​Learn about the skills required and minimum subjects to enter this career, as well as the places where you can study further after school.
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29 April 2024


What is an animal video editor?

An animal video editor is a professional who specialises in editing video content related to animals, wildlife, pets, and nature. These editors work with footage captured in various settings, including wildlife documentaries, nature programmes, pet videos, animal rescue stories, educational content, and conservation projects.

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Alternative Names

Alternative names for an animal video editor may vary depending on the specific focus or context of their work. Some alternative titles or roles that encompass aspects of video editing related to animals include:

Wildlife Video Editor:

Specializing in editing video content related to wildlife, including documentaries, nature programs, and wildlife conservation projects.

Nature Video Editor:

Focusing on editing videos that showcase the beauty and diversity of the natural world, including landscapes, habitats, and ecosystems, as well as wildlife.

Pet Video Editor:

Concentrating on editing videos featuring pets, companion animals, and domesticated animals, including pet care tips, training tutorials, and heartwarming pet stories.

Animal Documentary Editor:

Editing documentaries that explore various aspects of animal behavior, ecology, conservation, and the relationship between humans and animals.

Animal Rescue Video Editor:

Specializing in editing videos that document animal rescue operations, rehabilitation efforts, and heartwarming stories of rescued animals finding forever homes.

Zoological Video Editor:

Focusing specifically on editing videos related to zoos, aquariums, wildlife parks, and conservation centers, including educational content and virtual tours.

Nature Cinematographer:

Collaborating with cinematographers, directors, and producers to capture stunning visuals of animals, landscapes, and natural phenomena for use in video productions.

These alternative names reflect the diverse roles, specialties, and applications within the field of video editing related to animals, encompassing a wide range of content types, styles, and audiences.

Software value?

In 2019, the global Video Editing Software market size was USD 819.5 million


With the earliest films, the negatives had to be cut with a scissor and then pasted together in order to edit the film

What does an Animal Video Editor do?


Category – Media / Education / Marine Conservation / Wildlife Conservation


Video editors use software and special hardware to manipulate images and sound for use in film, TV and online productions.

Daily Tasks:

  • Discuss brief with clients, filmmakers, camera operators and producers
  • Develop a storyboard or storyline
  • Load original sound and video into editing software
  • Digitally cut and edit film to required length
  • Presentation to clients of work done
  • Create and add new work to a portfolio
  • Administration and filing

Where they work:

Environment –

Video Editors normally work indoors in a studio or office setup. They do also spend some time in the outdoors, studying the animals they work with.

Places of Employment –

Most Animal Video Editors work privately, under contract for various clients. They can also be employed by TV and film production houses, documentary producers, conservation groups, government and website designers.

Average Salary:

As most video editors are self employed, their income is based on obtaining contracts. On average the income per year is around $55,000. This will differ from country to country.


The most difficult part is always to get your work seen by future clients. They may work long hours and over weekends and holidays to finish work within tight deadlines.

​Future growth and Possibilities:

The current growth within the industry is extremely good, with an average yearly growth of 14%. Editing videos for online use, especially in shorter formats to fit social media platforms, is in great demand.

3. Which Skills are required?

The skills required for a career as an animal video editor can be divided into two very important groups. The first is the group containing life skills, which are the core skills that are necessary or desirable for full participation in everyday life. The second group is career skills, or the specific skills required to allow a person to enter and operate effectively within a specific career. Some or maybe even all of the life skills can assist in strengthening the career skills, and they might even be the same for specific careers.

Life Skills:

  • Self-awareness
  • Empathy
  • Critical thinking
  • Creative thinking
  • Decision making
  • Problem Solving
  • Effective communication
  • Interpersonal relationship

Career Skills:

  • ​Good business knowledge
  • Basic video and sound recording skills
  • Basic customer service skills
  • Good health and physical fitness
  • Excellent computer literacy (editing software)
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4. Which Subjects must I have at School?

The subjects you choose at school are important as they lay the foundation for further studies at college or university. While still at school, it’s also important to learn more about the animals you will work with, as well as gain some experience.

OZT has a list of various tertiary institutions where you can study further, after school. Each of these institutions also have their own Group page on OZT where you will find the exact subjects they require of you to have passed in school. Keep these requirements in mind, and discuss it with your school, guidance counselor and parents to ensure that you are prepared!

5. What will I need to Study?

Minimum Requirements:

To become an Animal Video Editor doesn’t necessarily require formal training, but many do go on to study a College Diploma or even a Bachelor’s Degree.


Major –

subjects like film and television studies, media production, or film and media.

Short Courses –

In operating video editing equipment and software.


The duration of College and Bachelor’s Degrees can be up to 3 or 4 years. Short Courses are usually between a few weeks and a year.

Possible Career Preparation Paths:

If this is your dream career that you want to pursue, then it’s important to plan the way forward.

Why is planning important?

​To ensure that you understand the requirements for your career, and that you are always prepared for the next step on the road towards your dream. A Preparation Path is like your road map to where you want to be.

Possible Paths:

Possible Combined Career Paths:

It is possible to sometimes combine two or more related careers. This normally happens when you study and practice a specific main career, but the knowledge and experience gained also help you to have a paying hobby or secondary income career.

Possible Alternatives (there are a lot more):

Stepping Stone Career:

Being an Animal Video Editor can also be used as a stepping stone career. A stepping stone career is one which is used to help you get to another career, normally because the other career is too difficult to reach (sometimes due to things like high fees etc).

You can begin as an intern after basic short courses and expert guidance (maybe working under a mentor). The money made can then be used to pay for studies towards a promotion or another career, and the experience helps in gaining knowledge. One paying to help get to the other.

Some of the possible paths:

Training and apprenticeship:

Even though it is important to study to get into some of the animal careers, most of the skills you will need as an Animal Video Editor will be acquired through practice. This means that you will learn how to perform some of the daily tasks by actually doing it a few times and learning the steps.

In some cases entry level positions require training sessions even before you are allowed to actually perform your job duties. These sessions are offered by the place of employment, after you have successfully applied.

Apprenticeship is also possible where you need to learn skills from a more senior editor or expert.

Join the Animal Video Editors Group in STEP 8 to learn more and even interact with the educational institutions that will help you secure your dream career!

Average level of education of all the people who enter the career:

High School Certificate 0%
Diploma or Short Courses 0%
Degree or Higher Studies 0%

6. Licenses, Certificate, Registration and Professional Associations

Certain animal careers require some form of legal certification to prove that you can indeed do the work, and work with the necessary equipment.

Although not required by law, certifications may help workers establish their credentials and enhance their skills.

Learn more about requirements by joining OZT in STEP 8.

Professional Associations:

7. Where can I study further?

All of the above information will help you understand more about the Career, including the fact that there are different paths to take to reach it. But if you are almost done with High School (Grades 11 or 12), you also need to start thinking about further studies, and WHERE you will study.

See the List of Universities, Colleges and Online Training Academies who offer courses towards editing.

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8. Join the OZT community

Join us as a special member and learn more about becoming an animal video editor.

Members of the Platform have special access to:

  • Info on the best places where you can study (colleges, universities and online)
  • Expertly designed advice to prepare you for the career, and links to places where you can gain valuable experience. For some career experience is necessary, otherwise you wont get the job!
  • Top notch info on each of the different species you will work with
  • Make friends around the world and share knowledge
  • Compete and win points, badges, games, prizes and certificates. Be the best of the best, while you learn and prepare!

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