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About the Job

Photograph people, landscapes, merchandise, or other subjects, using digital or film cameras and equipment. May develop negatives or use computer software to produce finished images and prints. Includes scientific photographers, aerial photographers, and photojournalists.

It is also Called

  • Wildlife Photographer
  • Wild Life Photographer
  • Wedding Photographer
  • Underwater Photographer
  • Studio Owner
  • Street Photographer
  • Still Photographer
  • Sports Photographer
  • Scientific Photographer
  • School Photographer
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What They Do

  • Photograph legal evidence at crime scenes, in hospitals, or in forensic laboratories.
  • License the use of photographs through stock photo agencies.
  • Set up photographic exhibitions for the purpose of displaying and selling work.
  • Send film to photofinishing laboratories for processing.
  • Mount, frame, laminate, or lacquer finished photographs.
  • Write photograph captions.
  • Engage in research to develop new photographic procedures and materials.
  • Employ a variety of specialized photographic materials and techniques, including infrared and ultraviolet films, macro photography, photogrammetry and sensitometry.
  • Load and unload film.
  • Develop visual aids and charts for use in lectures or to present evidence in court.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: AR.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Artistic interests, but also prefer Realistic environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Independence, but also value Relationships and Achievement in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • 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.
  • Fine Arts - Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • 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.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Education Required

Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

Wages

In 2016, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $32,810 with most people making between $17,510 and $55,430

Outlook

0.00%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 4,790 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 4,710 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 0 openings due to growth and about 120 replacement openings for approximately 120 total annual openings.



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