Photographers operate still cameras to take photographs.

A skill level equal to a Bachelor Degree or higher, or at least 5 years of relevant experience is usually needed. High levels of creative talent or personal commitment and interest are also important.

Tasks

  • consulting with clients to determine objectives of photographic assignments
  • studying requirements of assignment and selecting type of camera, film, filter and lighting
  • working from a studio, and transporting and setting up equipment at assigned locations
  • measuring light levels and determining exposure
  • adjusting camera angles, aperture settings and subjects to achieve desired composition
  • adjusting lighting and filters to accentuate highlights and colours
  • mixing photographic chemicals, processing film and developing prints
  • manipulating images using digital imaging techniques and creative darkroom techniques such as adjusting exposure and development times
  • may make enlarged prints, and mount and frame prints

Job Titles

  • Photographer
  • Photographer

    Specialisations: Fashion Photographer, Landscape Photographer, News Photographer, Photographic Artist, Portrait Photographer, Sports Photographer, Technical Photographer

Fast Facts

  • Avg. Weekly Pay

    Unavailable
  • Future Growth

    strong
  • Skill Level

    Bachelor Degree or higher
  • Employment Size

    13000
  • Unemployment

    above average
  • Male Share

    46.8%
  • Female Share

    53.2%
  • Full-Time Share

    52.7%

Find Vacancies

This is a medium sized occupation employing 13,000 workers. Over the past 5 years the number of jobs has grown strongly.
Strong growth is expected in the future. New jobs and turnover from workers leaving may create between 5,001 and 10,000 job openings over the 5 years to 2020.

  • Photographers work in most parts of Australia.
  • They mainly work in: Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; Information Media and Telecommunications; and Other Services.
  • Part-time work is fairly common, but more than half work full-time. Full-time workers, on average, work 39.7 hours per week (compared to the all jobs average of 40 hours).
  • The average age is 41 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years).
  • Around 5 in 10 workers are female.
  • In 2016, the unemployment rate was above 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
20058500
200611300
20077200
200811700
200911700
201011700
201111800
20127900
201312000
201412800
201513000
202014300

Weekly Earnings

Full-time Earnings

All Jobs Average

Weekly Earnings (before tax)

No data is available for the selected graph for this Occupation.

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.
CategoryPhotographersAll Jobs Average
Full-time52.768.4
Part-time47.331.6
Average Weekly Hours (full-time)39.740

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)
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services71.9
Information Media and Telecommunications7.4
Other Services4.9
Education and Training3.4
Other Industries12.4

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.
StatePhotographersAll Jobs Average
NSW33.131.8
VIC24.425.5
QLD22.219.8
SA4.16.8
WA10.611.2
TAS1.42
NT1.21.1
ACT31.8

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 BracketPhotographersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.5-5.45.4
20-245.9-9.99.9
25-3424.2-23.423.4
35-4429.4-21.721.7
45-5422-21.121.1
55-5910.7-8.78.7
60-642.9-5.95.9
65 and Over4.2-3.83.8

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.
CategoryPhotographersCategoryAll Jobs Average
Males46.8Males53.6
Females53.2Females46.4

Education Level

Top Education Levels

Highest Level of Education (% share)

No data is available for the selected graph for this Occupation.

A skill level equal to a Bachelor Degree or higher, or at least 5 years of relevant experience is usually needed. High levels of creative talent or personal commitment and interest are also important.

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.

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 Artistic Directors, Media Producers & Presenters who have strong interpersonal skills, can communicate well with diverse audiences and are reliable.

Knowledge

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

  1. Customer and Personal Service

    87% Important

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

  2. Sales and Marketing

    84% Important

    Showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

  3. Computers and Electronics

    77% Important

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

  4. Fine Arts

    74% Important

    Compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.

  5. English Language

    64% Important

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

Occupational Information Network Photographers Opens in a new window
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration. The information on this site is derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Activities

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

  1. Thinking Creatively

    93% Important

    Using your own ideas to developing, designing, or creating something new.

  2. Interacting With Computers

    90% Important

    Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

  3. Selling or Influencing Others

    84% Important

    Convincing people to buy something or to change their minds or actions.

  4. Building Good Relationships

    83% Important

    Building and keeping constructive and cooperative working relationships with others.

  5. Getting Information

    83% Important

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

Occupational Information Network Photographers Opens in a new window
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration. The information on this site is derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2

go to top