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Medical Illustrators and Photographers


Medical illustrators and photographers use graphics, drawings, and photographs to make medical concepts easier to understand. Medical illustrators provide illustrations of anatomical and biological structures and processes, as well as surgical and medical techniques and procedures. Medical photographers take photos that communicate complex medical or scientific information for use in textbooks, professional journals, and other teaching materials. There are approximately 12,240 fine artists, including medical illustrators, and 50,070 photographers, including medical photographers, employed in the United States.

Salary Range

Below $25,000 to $100,000+

Minimum Education Level

High School Diploma




Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Personality Traits




Career Ladder
College Professor or Self Employed

Manager of Media or Communications Department

Experienced Medical Illustrator/Photographer

Entry-Level Medical Illustrator/Photographer