Job Spotlight: Photographer

Explore a career as a photographer!

Despite already having experience with several jobs, many working adults are unable to answer the age-old question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”

Our Job Spotlight monthly blog series is designed to help answer that question. In this series, we review all the basics of specific jobs, from pay and duties, to why people do the jobs they do.



In this month’s Job Spotlight, we’re learning what it means to be a photographer.


Required Education: Requirements vary, but typically a high school diploma. Some positions also require a college degree.



Although pay varies depending on multiple factors (e.g. experience, industry, geographic area, type of photographer etc.), photographers can earn a median of $38,950 per year.


What Photographers Do:

Although they can change with the type of position, Photographers deal with a variety of responsibilities, including:

  • Taking and processing photographs.
  • Communicating with clients to schedule photography sessions.
  • Taking care of photography equipment.
  • Editing photographs.
  • Sometimes, communicating with other departments (graphic design, social media, videography, etc.


What Companies Look for in a Photographers:

Every position is different, and some photographers are self-employed, but many institutions need the following skills and attributes:

  • Creativity and an ability to capture special moments.
  • A solid technical understanding of photography.
  • Communication skills for engaging with clients.
  • An ability to use photo editing software.


Not sure where to find a position like this?

We can help.

Headquartered in Oklahoma City, OK, Express Employment Professionals is a leading staffing provider in the U.S. and Canada. If you have any questions about photography jobs in your area or your job search in general, contact your local Express office, download the ExpressJobs app from your mobile store, or fill out our online contact form.

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