53110 – Photographers

Broad Occupation Category

5 – Occupations in art, culture, recreation and sport


3 – Occupations usually require a college diploma or apprenticeship training of less than two years; or more than six months of on-the-job training

Major Group

53 – Occupations in art, culture and sport

Broad Occupation Category

531 – Occupations in art and culture

Broad Occupation Category

5311 – Photographers and support occupations in arts and culture

Photographers operate still cameras to photograph people, events, scenes, materials, products and other subjects. They are employed by photographic studios, newspapers, magazines, museums and government, or they may be self-employed.

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Example Titles

  • Aerial photographer

  • Commercial photographer

  • Forensic photographer

  • Industrial photographer

  • Photographer

  • Portrait photographer

  • Scientific photographer

Main Duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:

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

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

  • May operate scanners to transfer photographic images to computers

  • May operate computers to manipulate photographic images

  • May adapt existing photographic images and create new digitized images to be included in multimedia/new media products

  • May use delicate instruments, such as optical microscopes attached to cameras

  • May process exposed film

  • May use airbrush, computer or other techniques to retouch negatives

  • May operate unmanned aerial vehicle/drone to capture aerial photographs of the landscape or any subject.

Employment Requirements

  • A bachelor's degree in visual arts with specialization in photography or completion of specialized training in photography in high school, college or specialized training schools or extensive on-the-job training under the supervision of a photographer is required.

  • Experience in, or knowledge of computerized photography or digital imaging may be required.

  • Creative and technical ability, as demonstrated by a portfolio of work, are required.