Photographic Laboratory Workers

Photographic laboratory workers or photo lab technicians develop and process photographic images from film or digital media. They also may perform precision tasks such as editing photographic negatives and prints. Occassionally, they mount slides as well as sort and package finished photographic prints. Some of these laboratory workers are known as darkroom technicians, film laboratory technicians, and developers. There are approximately 37,130 photographic process workers and processing machine operators employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Darkroom Technicians, Developers, Film Laboratory Technicians, Photo Lab Technicians
Duties Develop film; transfer images to photographic paper; mix chemicals; inspect prints; mount transparencies; remove distracting backgrounds; and transfer digital images to photographic paper
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $50,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist in all regions
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
School Subjects
  • Art
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
Experience On-the-job training
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Hands On
  • Technical
  • Math
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Poor
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Department or Store Manager
  • Supervisory Photo Lab Technician
  • Photographic Laboratory Worker
  • Photo Lab Trainee

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