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Photographers

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.   (O'Net 27-4021.00)

 
Reported job titles:   Advertising Photographer, Aerial Photographer, Apprentice Photographer, Biological Photographer, Biomedical Photographer, Cameraman, Commercial Photographer, Crime Scene Photographer, Digital Photographer, Fashion Photographer, Finish Photographer, Food Photographer, Forensic Photographer, Freelance Photographer, Industrial Photographer, Marine Photographer, Medical Photographer, Nature Photographer, Newspaper Photographer, Newspaper Photojournalist, Ophthalmic Photographer, Owner/Photographer, Photo Editor, Photo Journalist, Photo-Optics Technician, Photographer, Photographer Assistant, Photographic Specialist, Photojournalist, Portrait Photographer, School Photographer, Scientific Photographer, Sports Photographer, Still Photographer, Street Photographer, Studio Owner, Underwater Photographer, Wedding Photographer, Wild Life Photographer, Wildlife Photographer
 
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    Wages
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     Location Pay
    Period
    2016
    Percentile Wages Average
    Wage
    10% 25% 50%
    Median
    75% 90%
     Vermont Hourly $ 10.94   $ 13.13   $ 17.15   $ 30.32   $ 42.04   $ 22.02  
    Yearly $22,750   $27,300   $35,660   $63,070   $87,430   $45,810  
     
     Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metropolitan NECTA Hourly $ 11.62   $ 14.87   $ 23.50   $ 36.80   $ 45.20   $ 26.40  
    Yearly $24,180   $30,930   $48,870   $76,550   $94,010   $54,920  
     
     Southern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 10.64   $ 12.71   $ 16.69   $ 27.46   $ 38.12   $ 20.66  
    Yearly $22,130   $26,430   $34,720   $57,130   $79,290   $42,980  
     
     Northern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 10.88   $ 12.72   $ 14.19   $ 16.93   $ 36.98   $ 17.88  
    Yearly $22,630   $26,460   $29,510   $35,210   $76,920   $37,190  
     
    What are Percentile Wages?
    source: Occupational Employment Statistics, Vermont Labor Market Information, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released April 2017.
     


    Employment Trends
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    Location Employment Annual % change
    (compounded)
    Annual job openings
    (due to growth and
    net replacements)
    2014 2024
    Vermont 614 654 0.6% 19
    source: Employment Projections, Vermont Economic & Labor Market Information, in cooperation with U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, statewide estimates released July 2016.
     


    Industries of Employment
    for Photographers
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    Industry Percent of Total
    2014
    Self-employed workers, all industries 60.5%
    Other professional, scientific, and technical services 23.9%
    Broadcasting (except Internet) 3.2%
    Publishing industries (except Internet) 2.8%
    Educational services; state, local, and private 0.8%
    source: Employment Projections, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Employment Matrix, released July 2016.
     


    Tasks
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  • Take pictures of individuals, families, and small groups, either in studio or on location.
     
  • Adjust apertures, shutter speeds, and camera focus based on a combination of factors such as lighting, field depth, subject motion, film type, and film speed.
     
  • Use traditional or digital cameras, along with a variety of equipment such as tripods, filters, and flash attachments.
     
  • Create artificial light, using flashes and reflectors.
     
  • Determine desired images and picture composition, selecting and adjusting subjects, equipment, and lighting to achieve desired effects.
     
  • Scan photographs into computers for editing, storage, and electronic transmission.
     
  • Test equipment prior to use to ensure that it is in good working order.
     
  • Review sets of photographs to select the best work.
     
  • Estimate or measure light levels, distances, and numbers of exposures needed, using measuring devices and formulas.
     
  • Manipulate and enhance scanned or digital images to create desired effects, using computers and specialized software.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Photographers  updated June 2006
     


    Knowledge
    for Photographers
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  • 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.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
     
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
     
  • Fine Arts - Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Photographers  updated June 2006
     


    Skills
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  • 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.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Operations Analysis - Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
     
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Photographers  updated June 2010
     


    Abilities
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  • 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.
     
  • Visualization - The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
     
  • 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.
     
  • 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).
     
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
     
  • Visual Color Discrimination - The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
     
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
     
  • 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.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Photographers  updated June 2006
     


    Work Activities
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  • Thinking Creatively - Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
     
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events - Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
     
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material - Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
     
  • Training and Teaching Others - Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
     
  • Selling or Influencing Others - Convincing others to buy merchandise/goods or to otherwise change their minds or actions.
     
  • Performing General Physical Activities - Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
     
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems - Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
     
  • Coaching and Developing Others - Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.
     
  • Interacting With Computers - Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
     
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates - Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Photographers  updated June 2006
     


    Interests
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  • 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.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Photographers  updated June 2008
     


    Work Styles
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  • 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.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
     
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
     
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
     
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
     
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Photographers  updated June 2006
     


    State of Vermont License Information
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    No state licenses listed for this occupation.
     


    Education and Training Requirements
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  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed
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  • Education: Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
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  • Training: Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
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  • Experience: Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.
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    source: Occupational Information Network: Photographers  updated June 2006
     


    Schools
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      Related Instructional Programs
     
    • Art/Art Studies, General.
     
    • Commercial Photography.
     
    • Digital Arts. (NEW)
     
    • Photography.
     
    • Photojournalism.
     
    • Visual and Performing Arts, General.
     
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    source: National Center for Education Statistics 2000 Classification of Instructional Programs .
     


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    source: Occupational Information Network: Photographers 
     

     
     
     
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