Photographers

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What do they 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.

Also known as:

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

Typical Wages

Annual wages for Photographers in United States

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Photographers is projected to Decline 3 percent from 2018 to 2028

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Projected Employment

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Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • -3.8%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #59 in job growth rate
  • 220

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #35 in net job growth

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Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (0.9%)
  • Master's degree (7.6%)
  • Bachelor's degree (42.8%)
  • Associate's degree (12.2%)
  • Some college, no degree (21.8%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (12.3%)
  • Less than high school diploma (2.3%)

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Skills

People in this career often have these skills:

  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
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Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Sales and Marketing - Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Communications and Media - Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
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Abilities

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Originality - The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
  • Visualization - The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
  • Far Vision - The ability to see details at a distance.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Set up still or video cameras or related equipment.
  • Determine technical requirements of productions or projects.
  • Convert data among multiple digital or analog formats.
  • Operate still or video cameras or related equipment.
  • Create computer-generated graphics or animation.
  • Apply finishes to artwork, crafts, or displays.
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This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 26.0 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

Occupation statistics: USDOL U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics

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