Photographic Developers and Printers edit and adjust digital images, develop photographic film, and print photographic images from digital media, negatives and positives using computer software, fully automatic equipment and by separate processes.

A Certificate II or III, or at least 1 year of relevant experience, is usually needed to work in this job. Even with a qualification, sometimes experience or on-the-job training is necessary.

Tasks

  • cropping images and adjusting colour, brightness and contrast
  • preparing exposed film for different processing batches in dark rooms and dark chambers
  • adjusting settings and running automatic developing equipment
  • inspecting prints and adjusting settings on print-making equipment to produce required number, size and type of prints
  • scanning images onto electronic media
  • checking and replenishing chemicals and water supply for chemical and water baths required to produce negative and positive prints
  • monitoring and testing photographic processing and printing equipment, and maintaining operational standards
  • may prepare chemical solutions for different techniques and effects
  • may develop black and white images by separate processes and operate enlargers
  • may develop motion picture film

Job Titles

  • Photographic Developer and Printer
  • Photographic Developer and Printer

    Specialisations: Copy Camera Operator, Dark Room Attendant, Digital Photographic Printer, Film Process Operator, Minilab Operator, Photographic Enlarger Operator, Silver Recovery Operator, Slide Developer

Fast Facts

  • Avg. Weekly Pay

    Unavailable
  • Future Growth

    decline
  • Skill Level

    Certificate II or III
  • Employment Size

    2,000
  • Unemployment

    below average
  • Male Share

    44.0%
  • Female Share

    56.0%
  • Full-Time Share

    61.9%

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This is a very small occupation employing 2000 workers. Over the past 5 years the number of jobs has grown strongly.
A fall in the number of jobs is expected in the future. New jobs and turnover from workers leaving may create up to 5,000 job openings over the 5 years to 2020.

  • While there are jobs in many parts of Australia, Victoria and South Australia have a large share of Photographic Developers and Printers.
  • They mainly work in: Other Services; Retail Trade; and Health Care and Social Assistance.
  • Full-time work is fairly common. Full-time workers, on average, work 46.2 hours per week (compared to the all jobs average of 40 hours).
  • The average age is 40 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years).
  • Around 6 in 10 workers are female.
  • In 2016, the unemployment rate was below average.

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Employment trend data to November 2015 and Department of Employment projections to 2020.
YearNumber of Workers
20053800
20064000
20073100
20083500
20092900
20101700
20112100
20121700
20131200
2014400
20152000
20201800

Weekly Earnings

Full-time Earnings

All Jobs Average

Weekly Earnings (before tax)

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Hours

Weekly Hours Worked

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Hours actually worked by people who usually work full-time, and share of employment by full-time and part-time status, for this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryPhotographic Developers and PrintersAll Jobs Average
Full-time61.968.4
Part-time38.231.6
Average Weekly Hours (full-time)46.240.0

Main Industries

Top Industries

Main Employing Industries (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Other Services43.1
Retail Trade26.7
Health Care and Social Assistance25.3
Information Media and Telecommunications3.5
Other Industries1.4

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StatePhotographic Developers and PrintersAll Jobs Average
NSW0.031.8
VIC45.325.5
QLD22.619.8
SA13.86.8
WA11.411.2
TAS3.42.0
NT0.01.1
ACT3.41.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketPhotographic Developers and PrintersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-195.5-5.45.4
20-2412.2-9.99.9
25-3431.4-23.423.4
35-449.3-21.721.7
45-5423.2-21.121.1
55-5912.0-8.78.7
60-640.0-5.95.9
65 and Over6.5-3.83.8

Gender

Male Share

Female Share

Gender (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Male and female share of employment in this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryPhotographic Developers and PrintersCategoryAll Jobs Average
Males44.0Males53.6
Females56.0Females46.4

Education Level

Top Education Levels

Highest Level of Education (% share)

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A Certificate II or III, or at least 1 year of relevant experience, is usually needed to work in this job. Even with a qualification, sometimes experience or on-the-job training is necessary.

If you are interested in this style of work, there are a wide range of training options available that could lead to this or a similar job.
The pathway that is right for you will depend on your skills and interests.

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It is a good idea to speak to industry bodies, employers, and workers to learn more about the skills and qualifications you will need.

Employers look for Photographic Developers and Printers who have good attention to detail, are reliable and hardworking.

Knowledge

The topics, subjects, or knowledge areas workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Customer and Personal Service

    83% Important

    Customer and personal services. This includes understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  2. Production and Processing

    70% Important

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  3. Computers and Electronics

    63% Important

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  4. English Language

    61% Important

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  5. Chemistry

    59% Important

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change. Danger signs and disposal methods.

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Activities

The work activities workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Controlling Machines and Processes

    76% Important

    Operate machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).

  2. Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Staff

    75% Important

    Giving information to supervisors, co-workers, and staff by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

  3. Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings

    73% Important

    Checking objects, actions, or events, keeping an eye out for problems.

  4. Building Good Relationships

    72% Important

    Building and keeping constructive and cooperative working relationships with others.

  5. Getting Information

    71% Important

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

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