Found this today in response to someone asking about what platform to use now that FCX is not professionally useable. Thought it was well put.
I think the traditional knowledge is that if you want to be an editor, then you should know how to drive all 3 of the major programs (Avid, Final Cut Studio, and Premiere), and maybe some of the less mainstream broadcast editing and finishing systems (e.g. Smoke). You should probably know a handful of specialized audio programs too.
Lucky for you, the 2011 FCX launch has simplified the landscape, reducing to 2, the number of editing programs you should know how to drive. Well, that’s not entirely true – you do still have to know FCX, but it’ll be a while yet before it’s back on the table as a competitive option with a multi-user workflow.
Most importantly, think “editor”. Not “an FCP editor”, or “an Avid editor”. Just “editor”.
I don’t know any “Makita craftsmen” or “Price Pfister plumbers”, and if I ever met any, I probably wouldn’t trust them with work around my house.