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Photographers
SOC Code: 27-4021.00

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.

Sample of reported job titles: Advertising Photographer, Commercial Photographer, Newspaper Photographer, Owner/Photographer, Photo Editor, Photographer, Photojournalist, Portrait Photographer, Sports Photographer, Studio Owner

Tasks

  • Use traditional or digital cameras, along with a variety of equipment, such as tripods, filters, and flash attachments.
  • Determine desired images and picture composition, selecting and adjusting subjects, equipment, and lighting to achieve desired effects.
  • Adjust apertures, shutter speeds, and camera focus according to a combination of factors, such as lighting, field depth, subject motion, film type, and film speed.
  • Create artificial light, using flashes and reflectors.
  • Manipulate and enhance scanned or digital images to create desired effects, using computers and specialized software.
  • Transfer photographs to computers for editing, archiving, and electronic transmission.
  • Determine project goals, locations, and equipment needs by studying assignments and consulting with clients or advertising staff.
  • Review sets of photographs to select the best work.
  • Perform general office duties, such as scheduling appointments, keeping books, and ordering supplies.
  • Estimate or measure light levels, distances, and numbers of exposures needed, using measuring devices and formulas.
  • Test equipment prior to use to ensure that it is in good working order.
  • Set up, mount, or install photographic equipment and cameras.
  • Select and assemble equipment and required background properties, according to subjects, materials, and conditions.
  • Take pictures of individuals, families, and small groups, either in studio or on location.
  • Direct activities of workers setting up photographic equipment.
  • Perform maintenance tasks necessary to keep equipment working properly.
  • Produce computer-readable, digital images from film, using flatbed scanners and photofinishing laboratories.
  • Develop and print exposed film, using chemicals, touch-up tools, and developing and printing equipment.
  • Enhance, retouch, and resize photographs and negatives, using airbrushing and other techniques.
  • Develop visual aids and charts for use in lectures or to present evidence in court.
  • Load and unload film.
  • Employ a variety of specialized photographic materials and techniques, including infrared and ultraviolet films, macro photography, photogrammetry and sensitometry.
  • Engage in research to develop new photographic procedures and materials.
  • Write photograph captions.

Technology Skills

  • Accounting software - Blinkbid; Intuit QuickBooks
  • Calendar and scheduling software - Genbook
  • Data base user interface and query software - Cradoc fotoBiz; Microsoft Access ; SuccessWare; Tave Studio Manager (see all 12 examples)
  • Desktop publishing software - Adobe Systems Adobe InDesign
  • Development environment software - Adobe Systems Adobe Creative Suite
  • Document management software - Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat
  • Electronic mail software - Email software
  • Graphics or photo imaging software - Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop ; Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop Lightroom
  • Instant messaging software - Twitter
  • Internet browser software - Web browser software
  • Spreadsheet software - Microsoft Excel
  • Video creation and editing software - Adobe Systems Adobe After Effects; Adobe Systems Adobe AfterEffects ; Apple Final Cut Pro
  • Web page creation and editing software - Facebook ; WordPress
  • Word processing software - Microsoft Word

Tools Used

  • Atmospheric effect apparatus - Fog machines
  • Bubble machine - Bubble machines
  • Camera controllers - Wireless flash triggers
  • Camera enclosures or covers - Sound blimps
  • Camera flashes or lighting - Camera flash attachments; Focus assists; Softboxes; Studio strobe flashes (see all 5 examples)
  • Camera lens - Macro lenses; Telephoto lenses; Zoom lenses
  • Camera lens cleaners - Camera cleaning brushes
  • Camera lens filter - Graduated neutral density GND filters; Haze filters; White balancing lens filters; Wide angle lenses (see all 6 examples)
  • Camera tripods - Camera positioning tripods
  • Compact disc CD or labeling printers - Optical media printers
  • Contact printer - Contact print frames; Negative proofers
  • Digital cameras - Digital still cameras
  • Digital image printers - Digital photo printers
  • Digital pen - Digital pens
  • Dimmers and accessories - Dimmers
  • Dye sublimination printers - Dye sublimation printers
  • Electronic viewfinder - Optical viewfinders
  • Film driers - Film drying cabinets
  • Film washers - Force film washers
  • Flash memory storage card - Flash memory data storage devices
  • Global positioning system GPS receiver - Global positioning system GPS devices
  • Graphics tablets
  • Handheld thermometer - Darkroom thermometers
  • Inkjet printers - Computer inkjet printers
  • Label making machines - Label printers
  • Laser printers - Computer laser printers; Large format printers
  • Lightmeters - Incident light meters; Reflected light meters
  • Loupes - Magnifier loupes
  • Multimedia projectors - Special effects projectors
  • Notebook computers - Laptop computers
  • Personal computers
  • Photo print dryer - Electric print dryers
  • Photo print washer - Rapid photo print washers
  • Photographic enlargers - Image enlargers
  • Photographic timer - Darkroom timers
  • Photography light reflector - Board reflectors; Lamp reflectors; Snoots
  • Scanners - Film scanners; Flatbed scanners
  • Still cameras - Film cameras
  • Tablet computers
  • Wireless network interface cards - Mobile adapters

Knowledge

  • 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.
  • Communications and Media - Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

Skills

  • 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.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Abilities

  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Originality - The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
  • Visualization - The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
  • Far Vision - The ability to see details at a distance.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Fluency of Ideas - The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Category Flexibility - The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
  • Visual Color Discrimination - The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Finger Dexterity - The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
  • Manual Dexterity - The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Selective Attention - The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.

Interests

  • Interest code: AR
    • Artistic - Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
    • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.

Work Context

  • Electronic Mail - 88% responded “Every day.”
  • Telephone - 72% responded “Every day.”
  • Level of Competition - 64% responded “Extremely competitive.”
  • Freedom to Make Decisions - 44% responded “A lot of freedom.”
  • Contact With Others - 58% responded “Contact with others most of the time.”
  • Duration of Typical Work Week - 64% responded “More than 40 hours.”
  • Face-to-Face Discussions - 42% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Time Pressure - 60% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work - 52% responded “Some freedom.”
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled - 38% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Deal With External Customers - 40% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate - 56% responded “Very important.”
  • Physical Proximity - 36% responded “Very close (near touching).”
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls - 32% responded “More than half the time.”
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results - 40% responded “Important results.”
  • Letters and Memos - 60% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Spend Time Standing - 60% responded “About half the time.”
  • Outdoors, Exposed to Weather - 56% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
  • Work With Work Group or Team - 44% responded “Important.”
  • Frequency of Decision Making - 36% responded “Once a year or more but not every month.”
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results - 36% responded “High responsibility.”
  • Work Schedules - 80% responded “Irregular (changes with weather conditions, production demands, or contract duration).”

Education

Percentage of RespondentsEducation Level Required
28%High school diploma or equivalent
20%Associate's degree
16%Less than high school diploma

Work Styles

  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
  • Innovation - Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
  • Independence - Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
  • Leadership - Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
  • Social Orientation - Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.

Work Values

  • Independence - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
  • Relationships - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
  • Achievement - Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.

Wages & Trends

  • Median wages (2017)
    • $15.62 hourly, $32,490 annual
  • Employment (2016)
    • 147,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2016-2026)
    • Decline (-2% or lower)
  • Projected job openings (2016-2026)
    • 10,300

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