Do you see your future in pictures? Jackson College now offers students the opportunity to earn a certificate in digital photography.
“There is a huge interested in photography at JC,” said Tom McMillen-Oakley, assistant professor of art. “Students wanted another opportunity to develop a certificate for their skill, to show competency in photography.”
Photographers produce images that help to paint a picture, tell a story, or record an event. They bring together technical expertise and creativity along with the proper professional equipment to produce images for commercial use, whether that is a portrait studio, advertising and marketing, news photography or photojournalism, sports photography, or fine arts.
Employment opportunities for photographers are diverse. Some photographers are self-employed and “free lance” according to their area of specialty, while others own and operate their own studio. Other photographers are employed by news media, magazines, or stock photo agencies. Employment is expected to grow about 12 percent through the year 2018, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, but competition is expected with so many interested in the field. Median annual wages of salaried photographers are about $29,000, with a range from $16,920 to $62,430.