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 54,830 photographers employed in the United States.

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

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