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 54,830 photographers employed in the United States.

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

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