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Photographers

Photographers
Quick Facts : Photographers*
2010 Median Pay$29,130
Entry Level EducationHigh school diploma or equivalent
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 2012139,500
Job Outlook13% (About as fast as average)
Employment Change17,500


Photographers are professionals in taking artful photographs. Using their technical expertise and composition skills they produce images that are creative, beautiful and tell a story.

What Photographers Do

  • Market and advertise services to attract clients
  • Analyze and decide how to compose a subject
  • Use various photographic techniques and equipment
  • Capture subjects in commercial-quality photographs and enhance the subject's appearance with natural or artificial light
  • Maintain a digital portfolio, often a website, to demonstrate work

Work Environment

Working conditions for photographers vary considerably depending on their specialty. Some travel for photoshoots; others work in their own studios. Still others work in laboratories and use microscopes to photograph subjects.
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Job Outlook

Employment of photographers is projected to grow by 13 percent from 2010 to 2020 but overall growth will be limited because of the decreasing cost of digital cameras and the increasing number of amateur photographers and hobbyists.
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Pay

The average hourly wage of photographers in May 2010 was $14.00.
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Photographers*
Average Annual Salary, May 2010

Photographers

29130

Arts, Design, Sports & Media Occupations

46336.5217

All Jobs in the U.S.

52312.5223
Photographers*
Percent Change in Employment

Photographers

12.5448

Arts, Design, Sports & Media Occupations

10.973478021530005

All Jobs in the U.S.

15.767561808929724

Becoming a Photographers

Photojournalists and industrial and scientific photographers often need a bachelor's degree. Employers tend to favor applicants with a ?good eye? and creativity, as well as a good technical understanding of photography.
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