Design, Creative Arts

2017 Median Salary:

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

Typical Entry-level Education:


Number of Jobs, 2016 (?):

250 syndicated cartoonists (!)

10 Year Growth Rate:


Skills/training required:


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.


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.

Learn more