Sports Photographers

Sports photographers are specialists hired to shoot pictures of sporting events and athletes. They work for newspapers, magazines, Web sites, and photo stock agencies to bring photos of events of all sizes (from a Little League game to the Olympics) to the pages of periodicals, the Internet, or other publications. Their pictures should clearly capture the movements, skill, and emotions of athletes.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Take pictures of sporting events and athletes
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $75,000
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, urban areas
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
  • Some Postsecondary Training
School Subjects
  • Art
  • Computer Science
  • Journalism
Experience Work experience as an assistant to a sports photographer is recommended
Personality Traits
  • Artistic
  • Organized
  • Realistic
  • Business Management
  • Computer
  • Digital Media
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Decline
Career Ladder
  • Photographer at Well-Known Sports Magazine, or Photo Editor, or Business Owner
  • Photographer at Regional or Local Sports Magazine
  • Entry-Level Photographer
  • Photography Assistant