Photo Editors

Photo Editor Selects Images

Photo editors are responsible for the look of final photographs to be published in a book or periodical or that appear digitally. Some photo editors also work with video. They make photo and video assignments, judge and alter pictures and videos to meet assignment needs, and make sure all deadlines are met. They work for publishers, advertising agencies, photo and video stock agencies, greeting card companies, and any employer that relies heavily on visual images to sell its products or services. Photo editors comprise a small percentage of the 50,070 photographers employed in the United States. Photo editors are also known as picture editors, multimedia editors, and directors of photography.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Directors of Photography, Multimedia Editors, Picture Editors
Duties Collaborate with staff to edit photos to meet the publication's needs; uses various computer software; selects stock photos; assigns deadlines and meets deadlines; may also work with video
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Nationwide
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
  • Some Postsecondary Training
School Subjects
  • Art
  • Computer Science
  • Journalism
Experience Five years’ experience
Personality Traits
  • Creative
  • Problem-Solving
  • Realistic
  • Computer
  • Digital Media
  • Drawing/Design
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Senior Photo Editor
  • Photo Editor
  • Assistant Photo Editor
  • Photo Assistant