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What they do?

Photographers perform some or all of the following duties:

A. Medical photographers may work closely with medical illustrators.

B. Photographers may specialize in areas such as portrait photography, commercial photography, scientific photography, forensic photography, medical photography, digitized photography, multimedia photography or photojournalism.

C. Study requirements of a particular assignment and decide on type of camera, film, lighting and background accessories to be used

D. Determine picture composition, make technical adjustments to equipment and photograph subject

E. May operate scanners to transfer photographic images to computers

F. May operate computers to manipulate photographic images

G. May adapt existing photographic images and create new digitized images to be included in multimedia/newmedia products

Where they find work?

1. Other professional scientific and technical services - 77.0%
2. Arts entertainment and recreation - 10.0%
3. Information and cultural industries - 7.0%
4. Other services (except public administration) - 5.0%

What education do I need?

1. You need either a bachelor's degree in visual arts, specializing in photography, or specialized training in photography in high school, college or specialized training schools, or you need extensive on-the-job training under the supervision of a photographer.

2. You may need experience in, or knowledge of, computerized photography/digital imaging.

3. You need to demonstrate your creative/technical ability with a portfolio of your work.

4. Most recent entrants have a community college diploma.

High School Subject that will help:

1. Physics
2. Chemistry
3. Art
4. Photography

What can you expect to make:

The average hourly wages for Photographers is $16.47/HR, which is close to the average for occupations in the art, culture, recreation and sport sector and are below average for all technical, professional, and skilled occupations. These wages grew at a below-average rate from 2002 to 2004.

Average Wage

Photographers wages

Expected Wage by Age

Photographers Wage By Age


2% of Photographers are unemployed. This rate is close to the average for technical, professional, and skilled occupations.


Photographers Unemployment

Trends in Unemployment

Photographers Trends in Unemployment

Current Job Outlook:

The job outlook for Photographers is considered Average because:

1. Employment grew at an above-average rate.

2. Hourly wages ($16.47) are close to the average ($18.07), and the rate of wage growth is below average.

3. The unemployment rate (2%) is close to the 2004 average (7%).

Future Job Prospects:

Your job outlook will continue to be Average because:

1. The employment growth rate will likely be average because technological advances will simplify the process of taking and developing photographs, which limits the demand for photographers.

2. The retirement rate will likely be below average, and the number of retiring workers should not contribute significantly to job openings.

3. The number of job seekers will likely exceed the number of job openings.

Highest Concetration:

The highest concentrations (per 10,000 people) of Photographers are found in Alberta and Prince Edward Island while the lowest concentrations are in New Brunswick and Newfoundland.

Unionization Rate:

The unionization rate (25%) is close to the average (32%) for all occupations.

Useful Experience:

1. Colour

2. Design

3. Innovation, art

Part Time Workers

Photographers Part Time Workers

Part time workers:

24% of Photographers are employed only on a part-time basis. There were 14,600 workers employed in these occupations in 2004, an increase of 49% since 1997.

Age Demographics

Photographers Age Demographics

Age Demographics:

The younger-than-average age (37) of worker will likely result in a below-average retirement rate to 2009.

Self Employed

Photographers Self Employed

Self Employed:

Roughly 63% of Photographers are self-employed. This is considered Above average for the industry as a whole.

Men vs Women

Photographers Men vs Women

Men vs Women:

52% of the individuals employed as Photographers are women. Compared to other industries, this is Average.