Photographers perform some or all of the following duties:
A. Medical photographers may work closely with medical illustrators.
B. Photographers may specialize in areas such as portrait photography, commercial photography, scientific photography, forensic photography, medical photography, digitized photography, multimedia photography or photojournalism.
C. Study requirements of a particular assignment and decide on type of camera, film, lighting and background accessories to be used
D. Determine picture composition, make technical adjustments to equipment and photograph subject
E. May operate scanners to transfer photographic images to computers
F. May operate computers to manipulate photographic images
G. May adapt existing photographic images and create new digitized images to be included in multimedia/newmedia products
1. Other professional scientific and technical services - 77.0%
2. Arts entertainment and recreation - 10.0%
3. Information and cultural industries - 7.0%
4. Other services (except public administration) - 5.0%
1. You need either a bachelor's degree in visual arts, specializing in photography, or specialized training in photography in high school, college or specialized training schools, or you need extensive on-the-job training under the supervision of a photographer.
2. You may need experience in, or knowledge of, computerized photography/digital imaging.
3. You need to demonstrate your creative/technical ability with a portfolio of your work.
4. Most recent entrants have a community college diploma.
The average hourly wages for Photographers is $16.47/HR, which is close to the average for occupations in the art, culture, recreation and sport sector and are below average for all technical, professional, and skilled occupations. These wages grew at a below-average rate from 2002 to 2004.