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Average Annual Salary of an Photography:

Median annual earnings of salaried photographers were $26,080 in May 2004. The middle 50 percent earned between $18,380 and $37,370. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $15,000, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $54,180. Median annual earnings in the industries employing the largest numbers of salaried photographers were $32,800 for newspapers and periodicals and $23,100 for other professional, scientific, and technical services. - Occupational Handbook


Necessary Education for a Photography Career:

Employers usually seek applicants with a 'good eye' imagination, and creativity, as well as a good technical understanding of photography.

The best way to perfect both the creative talent and the technical know how is with professional photography education and training»» through an accredited Art School / Institute.


What is a Photography career in a nutshell?

Photographers operate cameras to photograph people, events, scenes, materials, products and other subjects.

Types of Photography jobs:

  • Wedding Photographer
  • Freelance Photographer
  • Journalism & Reporting Photography
  • Commercial Photographer
  • Fashion Photographer
  • Crime Scene Photographer
  • Publicity (varies from art to commercial)
  • Historical (varies from art to commercial)
  • Underwater (varies from art to commercial)
  • Scientific photographers (varies from art to commercial)

Photography Skills & Responsibilities:

Photographers can or concentrate their skills to specialize in a variety of areas or just one or two areas such as portrait photography, commercial photography, scientific photography, fashion, aerial, medical, forensic or photojournalism.

To ensure successful photos, photographers must assess the particular conditions, the best camera for a specific shoot, and how to best capture their subject matter. Some photographers may also develop and print their own photographs, or technically manipulate and enhance their photographic images to create a desired effect.

  • Basic Equipment Maintenance And Repair
  • Developing Photographs
  • Equipment Inspection
  • Feature Writing
  • Graphics Design Software
  • Location Scouting
  • Maintaining Files and Records
  • Photography
  • Portfolio Preparation
  • Spreadsheet Software
  • Word Processing Software
  • Creative Thinking Skills
  • Customer Service Fundamentals
  • English Writing Fundamentals
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Organizational & Planning Skills
  • Problem Solving & Critical Thinking
  • Time & Priority Management
  • Workplace Computer Skills

Future Outlook for Photography careers:

Photographers can expect keen competition for job openings because the work is attractive to many people.

Employment of photographers is expected to increase about as fast as the average for all occupations through 2014.

Demand for portrait photographers should increase as the population grows. Growth of Internet versions of magazines, journals, and newspapers will require increasing numbers of commercial photographers to provide digital images.

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