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Photographer Job Outlook
Employment is expected to grow
as fast as the average for all occupations. Photographers can expect
keen competition for job
openings because the work is attractive to many people.
Employment change. Employment of
photographers is expected to grow 12 percent over the 2008-18 period, about as
fast as the average for all occupations. Demand for portrait photographers
should increase as the population grows. Moreover, growth of Internet versions
of magazines, journals, and newspapers will require increasing numbers of
commercial photographers to provide digital images. The Internet and improved
data management programs also should make it easier for freelancers to market
directly to their customers, increasing opportunities for self-employment and
decreasing reliance on stock photo agencies.
Job growth, however, will be constrained somewhat by the widespread use of
digital photography and the falling price of digital equipment. Improvements in
digital technology reduce barriers of entry into this profession and allow more
individual consumers and businesses to produce, store, and access photographic
images on their own. News and commercial photographers may be the most adversely
affected by this increase in amateur photographers and non-copyrighted photos.
Declines in the newspaper industry also will reduce demand for news
photographers to provide still images for print.
Job prospects. Photographers can expect
keen competition for job openings because the work is attractive to many people.
The number of individuals interested in positions as commercial and news
photographers is usually much greater than the number of openings. Salaried jobs
in particular may be difficult to find as more companies contract with
freelancers rather than hire their own photographers. Those who succeed in
landing a salaried job or attracting enough work to earn a living by freelancing
are likely to be adept at operating a business and to be among the most
creative. They will be able to find and exploit the new opportunities available
from rapidly changing technologies. Related work experience, job-related
training, or some unique skill or talent—such as a background in computers or
electronics or knowledge of a second language—also improve a photographer's job
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor,
Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition
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