Career Overview

Photographers use cameras, lighting equipment, and photo-editing software to take and improve pictures of people, landscapes, or events. They may need to advertise and market their own services in order to find customers.


A high school diploma or equivalent may be necessary to obtain these positions. A four-year bachelor's degree in photography, visual arts, or a related field might make one more employable.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$20,000 /yr
$32,000 /yr
$76,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Art
  • Business
  • English - as much as possible!
  • Communication
  • Graphic Design
  • Marketing
  • Photography
  • Videography
Work Environment

Some photographers work in studios, while others may need to travel to take their pictures. Most photographers are self-employed, and many only work part-time.

Future Outlook

There will likely be strong competition for these positions. Opportunities may differ based on geographical location.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada