Photographic Equipment Technicians

Photographic Equipment Technician Inspects Equipment

Photographic equipment technicians, sometimes called camera technicians, maintain, test, disassemble, and repair cameras and other equipment used to take still and motion pictures. They are responsible for keeping the equipment in working order.

Photographic equipment technicians use a variety of hand tools (such as screwdrivers, pliers, and wire cutters) for maintenance and repair of the complex cameras used by motion picture and still photographers.

As hobbyists' cameras and equipment become more convenient to use, they become more complicated to maintain and repair. Professional cameras—especially those of filmmakers—also have become increasingly more complicated and expensive. In both cases, photographic equipment is too valuable to entrust to the care of anyone but a trained photographic equipment technician. Today, there are approximately 3,700 camera and photographic equipment repairers working in the United States, providing services that range from quick and simple adjustments to complicated repairs requiring specialized equipment.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Camera Technicians
Duties Analyze the camera's shutter speed and accuracy of focus; open camera and check for defective parts; use small hand tools; discuss a camera's problems with customers
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $75,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist in all regions
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
  • Some Postsecondary Training
School Subjects
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Technical/Shop
Experience On-the-job training
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Problem-Solving
  • Technical
  • Math
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Repair Shop Owner
  • Photographic Equipment Repair Supervisor
  • Photographic Equipment Technician
  • Photographic Equipment Trainee

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