Photographic Equipment Technicians

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 3,180 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.


Quick Facts
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
Alternate Title(s) Camera Technicians
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $75,000
Employment Prospects Poor
Advancement Prospects Fair
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Throughout the country
Education and Training
  • High School Diploma
  • Some Postsecondary Training
Related School Subjects
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Technical/Shop
Experience On-the-job training
Skills
  • Math
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
  • Scientific
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Problem-Solving
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification None
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Repair Shop Owner
  • Photographic Equipment Repair Supervisor
  • Photographic Equipment Technician
  • Photographic Equipment Trainee

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