Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

-3.6% (decline)

Most Common Level of Education

High school diploma or equivalent


What Photographers Do

Photograph people, landscapes, merchandise, or other subjects. May use lighting equipment to enhance a subject's appearance. May use editing software to produce finished images and prints. Includes commercial and industrial photographers, scientific photographers, and photojournalists.

Other Job Titles Photographers May Have

Advertising Photographer, Commercial Photographer, Graduation Photographer, Newspaper Photographer, Photo Editor, Photographer, Photojournalist, Portrait Photographer, Sports Photographer, Studio Photographer

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Photographer

I document and shoot long term photo projects for a variety of topics and news sources.

Photographer ,

Kelly Williams Photography

I have a very fast-paced work environment and things are constantly changing. I always have to be ready to adapt or change things up. I also do a lot of physical labor by setting up and moving equipment. I have to maintain a high level of energy throughout the day.

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Create artificial light, using flashes and reflectors.
  • Adjust apertures, shutter speeds, and camera focus according to a combination of factors, such as lighting, field depth, subject motion, film type, and film speed.
  • Determine desired images and picture composition, selecting and adjusting subjects, equipment, and lighting to achieve desired effects.
  • Transfer photographs to computers for editing, archiving, and electronic transmission.
  • Use traditional or digital cameras, along with a variety of equipment, such as tripods, filters, and flash attachments.

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