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

  • Unavailable Weekly Pay
  • 15,700 workers Employment Size
  • Moderate Future Growth
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • Average unemployment Unemployment
  • 57.8% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 40.6 hours Average full-time
  • 38.5 years Average age
  • 58.5% female Gender Share

The number of Photographers grew very strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to grow moderately over the next 5 years:
from 15,700 in 2017 to 16,400 by 2022.
There are likely to be around 11,000 job openings over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created.

  • Size: This is a medium sized occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was average in 2017.
  • Location: Photographers work in most regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; Information Media and Telecommunications; and Other Services.
  • Full-time: More than half work full-time (57.8%, similar to the all jobs average of 68.4%), but there are many opportunites to work part-time.
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 40.6 hours per week at work (compared to the all jobs average of 40.0 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 39 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 58.5% of workers are female (compared to the all jobs average of 46.7%).

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2017 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2022.
YearNumber of Workers
20078500
20088500
200912200
201011500
201112100
201211000
201310100
201411800
201512800
201611200
201715700
202216400

Weekly Earnings

Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, 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 Services81.6
Information Media and Telecommunications9.1
Other Services3.7
Arts and Recreation Services1.0
Other Industries4.6

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 2017, 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
NSW37.431.6
VIC31.726.2
QLD14.819.7
SA7.06.7
WA5.210.8
TAS2.02.0
NT0.21.1
ACT1.71.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, 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
15-191.4-5.25.2
20-2410.3-9.99.9
25-3433.3-23.623.6
35-4427.8-21.721.7
45-5420.8-20.820.8
55-593.1-8.88.8
60-641.9-6.06.0
65 and Over1.4-4.04.0

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

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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.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
  • You might be interested in Creative Arts and Culture VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  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.

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Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  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.

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The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 27-4021.00 - Photographers.

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