Photographers record events with images to help their clients preserve memories using technology and creativity.
Photographers handle a wide range of job duties:
Market their business to attract new clients
Plan composition of photographs that need to be taken to meet clients’ needs
Use specific techniques and lighting to capture pictures
Edit photos using photo-enhancing software
Prepare and maintain a portfolio to show potential clients their work
National Median Salary
*Figure represents national average. To view the average salary in your state visit the bureau of labor statistics.
Entry-level education requirement:
High school diploma/GED
Job outlook (2014-24): Growing slower than average (3 percent projected growth). Job growth in the area of photography is below the average rate due to the lower number of salaried jobs in the field. Those interested in a photography job should expect more contracted or freelance work.*