Photographer

 

Industry:

Design, Creative Arts

2017 Median Salary:

National: $53,416, CA: $36,330

Typical Entry-level Education:

TBD

Number of Jobs, 2016 (?):

250 syndicated cartoonists (!)

10 Year Growth Rate:

13%

Skills/training required:

See…

What Photographers Do:

Photographers are visual storytellers who utilize technical expertise, the aesthetics of framing and composition, and instincts to capture images in film and/or digital photographs.

From The Field:

"I believe for a young photographer it is essential to have a camera that does not have a screen on the back." - Scott Chernis

Knowledge Required:

Photographers must have a technical understanding of lenses, cameras, stabilization, and other photography equipment. They must have the ability to effectively control and manipulate light, color, and shadow.

Skills:

Creativity, artistic ability, manual dexterity, attention to detail, patience, computer, business, and interpersonal skills.

Career Path:

Although a postsecondary education is not required for portrait photography, photographers who seek work in the fields of science, industry, or journalism will benefit from a bachelor’s degree.

Best Cities For This Job:

Metropolitan areas such as Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago employ the most photographers.

Did You Know?

The first color photograph was taken in 1861 by James Maxwell, a British physicist. See the original material here.

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