Medical Illustrators and Photographers

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 11,980 fine artists, including medical illustrators, and 54,830 photographers employed in the United States.

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

Related Industries

Career Update Newsletter

Tips and tools to help you manage your ideal career.