Photographers use creative and technical skills to expertly make images that preserves and tells a story to display in a variety of published mediums. At Gwinnett Tech, students are engaged in hands-on instruction, learning the technical and creative aspects of commercial photography that includes portraits and events, still life products for advertising and magazines, architecture, photojournalism and video production, as well as various other commercial and industry applications. Degree, diploma and certificate tracks are available.
QUICK FACTS: Photographer
|2016 Median Pay||$25,000 - $90,000/year|
|Entry level Education||Associate of Applied Science degree, Diploma, Certificate|
|Number of jobs, 2014||124,900|
|Job Growth, 2024||7 to 13%|
Based on a survey on Salary.com, the median annual Photographer salary is $59,997, as of December 28, 2016, with a range usually between $48,220-$68,558, however this can vary widely depending on a variety of factors. Their team of Certified Compensation Professionals has analyzed survey data collected from thousands of HR departments at companies of all sizes and industries to present this range of annual salaries for people with the job title Photographer in the United States.
Opportunities and employment are increasing with more businesses interested in working with skilled photographers and videographers to market their goods and services. With Georgia’s growing economy and healthy economic outlook, prospects are increasing for creating advertising and self-promotions for service individuals, retail and real estate marketing, virtual walk through, products in use, news, corporate and industrial marketing materials and training videos, as well as photos and videos using drone technology for construction, military, agriculture, land management, energy, real estate, law enforcement, film industry, events and weddings. Feature film and TV production companies are working with photographers for location scouting, and production stills.
Based on statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, careers as Photographer is a growing field. Although the job outlook for 2014-2014 has a growth rate of 3%, the need for skilled workers is paramount. The listed median pay for 2015 was $40,280 per year and $19.37 per hour, however, self-employed individuals and those with enhanced skills have higher earning potential. [Click here to view Source]
Related Career Fields
Professional photographer, photojournalist, advertising photographer, commercial photographer, portrait photographer, videographer, photographer’s assistant, digital technician, digital imaging specialist, digital retouching artist, aerial/drone photographer, medical or scientific photographer, location scout, forensic photographer, photo editor, custom printer and architectural photographer.