Program & Course Information
What Photographers Do
Photographers use their technical expertise, creativity and composition skills to produce and preserve images that visually tell a story or record an event.
Working conditions for photographers vary considerably depending on their specialty. Some travel for photoshoots; others work in their own studios. Still others work in laboratories and use microscopes to photograph subjects.
How to Become a Photographer
Formal education is not required for portrait photographers. Photojournalists and industrial and scientific photographers often need a bachelor’s degree. Employers usually seek applicants with a “good eye” and creativity, as well as a good technical understanding of photography.
The median annual wage of photographers was $29,130 in May 2010.
Employment of photographers is projected to grow by 13 percent from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Salaried jobs in particular may be more difficult to find as more companies contract with freelancers rather than hire their own photographers.
|Quick Facts: Photographers|
|2010 Median Pay||$29,130 per year|
|Entry-Level Education||High school diploma or equivalent|
|On-the-job Training||Long-term on-the-job training|
|Number of Jobs, 2010||139,500|
|Job Outlook, 2010-20||13% growth rate|