Medical Illustrators and Photographers

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Medical illustrators and photographers use graphics, drawings, and photographs to make medical concepts easier to understand. Medical illustrators provide illustrations of anatomical and biological structures and processes, as well as surgical and medical techniques and procedures. Medical photographers take photos that communicate complex medical or scientific information for use in textbooks, professional journals, and other teaching materials. There are approximately 12,240 fine artists, including medical illustrators, and 50,070 photographers, including medical photographers, employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Use graphics, drawings, and photographs to make medical concepts easier to understand
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist in all regions, but are best in metropolitan areas
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
  • Some Postsecondary Training
School Subjects
  • Art
  • Biology
  • Computer Science
  • Health
Experience One to five years' experience as an assistant
Personality Traits
  • Artistic
  • Creative
  • Technical
  • Computer
  • Drawing/Design
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • College Professor or Self Employed
  • Manager of Media or Communications Department
  • Experienced Medical Illustrator/Photographer
  • Entry-Level Medical Illustrator/Photographer

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