Photo Editors

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 54,830 photographers employed in the United States. Photo editors are also known as picture editors, multimedia editors, and directors of photography.

Quick Facts
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
Alternate Title(s) Directors of Photography, Multimedia Editors, Picture Editors
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Nationwide
Education and Training
  • High School Diploma
  • Some Postsecondary Training
Related School Subjects
  • Art
  • Computer Science
  • Journalism
Experience Five years’ experience
  • Computer
  • Digital Media
  • Drawing/Design
Personality Traits
  • Creative
  • Problem-Solving
  • Realistic
Licensure/Certification None
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Senior Photo Editor
  • Photo Editor
  • Assistant Photo Editor
  • Photo Assistant

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