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Photographers

General Information

Description

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.

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Business Breakdown

People in this career work in these sectors.

  1. Self-employed62.24%
  2. Private, for profit31.03%
  3. Private, not for profit3.04%
  4. State and local government2.15%
  5. Federal government0.55%

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Industry areas

  • Arts, Audio/Video Technology & Communications

Job Outlook

Projected Job Growth (2022 - 2032)
+4%
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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$40,170

Military salary*

$49,026

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State-by-state Salary

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$75,770
$28,190
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Education & Interests

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Some college 27%
  • High school 18%
  • Bachelor's degree 13%
  • Associate's degree 13%
  • Post-secondary certificate 13%
  • Less than high school 9%
  • Post baccalaureate 4%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

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PERSONALITY CHARACTERISTICS

You may find this career fulfilling if you consider yourself to be:

  • Artistic — You have an interest in creating visual artwork, performances, written works, food or music.
  • Realistic — You have an interest in physically working with equipment, materials or structures.

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Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership

Knowledge

  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Administrative
  • Administration and Management

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