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Photojournalists, also known as news photographers, shoot photographs that capture news events. Their job is to tell a story with pictures. They may cover a war in central Africa, the Olympics, a national election, or a small-town Fourth of July parade. In addition to shooting pictures, they also write captions or other supporting text to provide further detail about each photograph. Photojournalists may also develop and print photographs or edit film. Photojournalists represent a small percentage of the 50,070 photographers employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) News Photographers
Duties Capture images, video and audio through various multimedia vehicles to chronicle news events and enhance stories; write captions; develop film or download images
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $75,000
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist in all regions
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Art
  • English
  • Journalism
Experience Internship
Personality Traits
  • Artistic
  • Curious
  • Outgoing
  • Drawing/Design
  • Research
  • Writing
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Decline
Career Ladder
  • Managing Editor
  • Chief Photojournalist
  • Photojournalist
  • Photojournalism Intern