Photographic Imaging Technology

Employment

The world of photography is replete with specialized niches. The best photographers find their niche and excel at providing superb examples of their art, but they are also versatile with a broad, working knowledge of many photographic subjects. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, professional photographers perform six typical duties during their workday (the list is by no means complete):

  • Market and advertise services to attract clients
  • Analyze and decide how to compose a subject
  • Use various photographic techniques and equipment
  • Capture subjects in commercial-quality photographs
  • Enhance the subject’s appearance with natural or artificial light
  • Maintain a digital portfolio, often a website, to demonstrate work

ISEEK, Minnesota's career, education and job resource, reports that the outlook for photographers varies by employer. ISEEK: "The number of jobs in the newspaper and magazine industry will drop. In contrast, the demand for portrait photographers is increasing as the population grows. Additional job growth will be with news and wire services. Photographers will be needed to use digital equipment to transmit digital images. Rapid growth of Internet versions of magazines, journals, and newspapers will require commercial photographers to provide digital images. Use of the Internet will also allow freelance photographers the ability to market directly to customers. This will increase the opportunities for self-employment."

Potential Job Titles

  • Advertising Photographer
  • Forensic Photographer
  • Medical Photographer
  • Photojournalist
  • Portrait Photographer
  • Sports Photographer
  • Visual Information Media Generalist
  • Wedding Photographer

Salary Data *

  • Average Wage: $23.86/hour
  • Top Earners: $39.93/hour

* Source: ISEEK: Minneapolis-St. Paul seven-county metro area

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