Photographic Process Workers and Processing Machine Operators

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What do they do?

Perform work involved in developing and processing photographic images from film or digital media. May perform precision tasks such as editing photographic negatives and prints.

Also known as:

Digital Imager, Digital Imaging Technician, Digital Photo Technician, Digital Printer Operator, Digital Retoucher, Digital Technician, Film Printer, Film Process Operator, Film Processor, Film Technician, Lab Technician, Laboratory Associate, Laboratory Technician, Mini-Lab Operator, Photo Lab Specialist, Photo Lab Technician (Photographic Laboratory Technician), Photo Printer, Photo Specialist, Photo Technician, Photographic Printer, Photographic Processing Machine Operator, Photographic Technician, Print Retoucher, Printer

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Photographic Process Workers and Processing Machine Operators is projected to Decline 13 percent from 2018 to 2028

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Projected Employment

No Data Available

Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • -13.6%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #8 in job growth rate
  • 60

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #12 in net job growth

Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (1.2%)
  • Master's degree (7.6%)
  • Bachelor's degree (32.3%)
  • Associate's degree (10.8%)
  • Some college, no degree (22.2%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (21.4%)
  • Less than high school diploma (4.4%)

Percent of workers in this field

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Skills

People in this career often have these skills:

  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • 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.
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
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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.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
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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 Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Visual Color Discrimination - The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Load digital images onto computers or websites.
  • Operate photographic developing or print production equipment.
  • Inspected printed materials or other images to verify quality.
  • Operate digital imaging equipment.
  • Load materials into production equipment.
  • Measure ingredients or substances to be used in production processes.
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This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 25.1 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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