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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.


  • Competition for jobs is expected to be keen because the work is attractive to many people.
  • Technical expertise, a "good eye," and creativity, are essential, and some photographers need a college degree.
  • More than half of all photographers are self-employed, a much higher proportion than for most occupations.


Personality I'm creative
Salary $28,860/yr ($14.43/hr)
Job Outlook Average
Education High School diploma