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Employment for photographers is expected to increase about as fast as the average for all occupations through 2012.  Demand for portrait photographers should increase as the population grows.  As the number of electronic versions of magazines, journals and newspapers increases on the Internet, commercial photographers will be needed to provide digital images.


Median annual earnings of salaried photographers were $24,040 in 2002.  The middle 50 percent earned between $17,740 and $34,910.  The lowest 10 percent earned less than $14,640 and the highest 10 percent earned more than $49, 920.  Median annual earning in the industries employing the largest numbers of salaried photographers were $31,460 for newspapers and periodicals and $21,860 for other professional or scientific services. 

Salaried photographers more of whom work full time tend to earn more that those who are self-employed.  Because most freelance and portrait photographers purchase their own equipment, they incur considerable expense acquiring the maintain cameras and accessories.  Unlike news and commercial photographers, few fine arts photographers are successful enough to support themselves solely through their art. 

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Other occupations requiring artistic talents and creativity include architects, except landscape and naval; artist and related workers, designers, new analysts, reporters and correspondents; and television, video and motion picture camera operators and editors.  In addition, photo editors for Internet service providers should experience increased demand as the Internet grows. 


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Date Reviewed:  Spring 2005awb