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Photographers take and sometimes develop and print pictures of people, places, objects, and events, using a variety of cameras and photographic equipment. They work in the publishing, advertising, public relations, science, and business industries, as well as provide personal photographic services. They may also work as fine artists. There are approximately 50,070 photographers employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Art Photographers, Biological Photographers, Educational Photographers, Fashion Photographers, Food Photographers, Medical Photographers, Photojournalists, Scientific Photographers, Sports Photographers
Duties Take pictures of people, places, objects, and events using a variety of cameras and photographic equipment
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $75,000
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist in all regions
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
  • Some Postsecondary Training
School Subjects
  • Art
  • Computer Science
  • Journalism
Experience Experience as an assistant photographer
Personality Traits
  • Artistic
  • Creative
  • Enterprising
  • Computer
  • Digital Media
  • Drawing/Design
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Owner, Photography Business
  • Photographer
  • Part-Time Photographer
  • Photographic Assistant