Photographer's Assistants assist Photographers in taking and developing photographs.

    You can work as a Photographer's Assistant without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Photographer's Assistants.

    Tasks

    • Assists qualified photographers in photo shoots.
    • Sets up studio for shoots.
    • Arranges cameras and film.
    • Organises lighting and other photographic equipment.
    • Locates props for photo shoots.
    • Takes photos.
    • Develops and print photos.
    • Scans photos into a computer.
    • Edits and formats pictures and saves them to disk.
    • May mount photographs and set up exhibits.

    All Other Technicians and Trades Workers

    • $1,146 Weekly Pay
    • Very strong Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment

    Photographer's Assistants

    • 620 workers Employment Size
    • Medium skill Skill level rating
    • 48% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 43 hours Average full-time
    • 33 years Average age
    • 64% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Photographer's Assistants (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
    from 670 in 2011 to 620 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Many Photographer's Assistants work in New South Wales and Victoria.
    • Industries: Most work in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; Retail Trade; and Other Services.
    • Full-time: Around half work full-time (48%, less than the average of 66%), showing there are many opportunities to work part-time.
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 43 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 33 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 64% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services70.4
    Retail Trade8.8
    Other Services7.7
    Information Media and Telecommunications3.9
    Other Industries9.2

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StatePhotographer's AssistantsAll Jobs Average
    NSW40.331.6
    VIC36.125.6
    QLD11.020.0
    SA5.37.0
    WA5.710.8
    TAS0.52.0
    NT0.01.0
    ACT1.11.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketPhotographer's AssistantsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-195.7-5.05.0
    20-2413.4-9.39.3
    25-3435.4-22.922.9
    35-4423.1-22.022.0
    45-5413.4-21.621.6
    55-594.9-9.09.0
    60-642.6-6.06.0
    65 and Over1.5-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationPhotographer's AssistantsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.5-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree32.2-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma21.6-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV13.1-21.121.1
    Year 1223.2-18.118.1
    Year 113.6-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below5.8-12.512.5

    You can work as a Photographer's Assistant without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Photographer's Assistants.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Customer and personal service

      72% Skill level

      Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

    2. Sales and marketing

      69% Skill level

      Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

    3. Computers and electronics

      68% Skill level

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

    4. Fine arts

      65% Skill level

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

    5. English language

      54% Skill level

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

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    Demands

    The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

    1. Electronic mail

      96% Important

      Use electronic mail.

    2. Telephone

      94% Important

      Talk on the telephone.

    3. Competition

      93% Important

      Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.

    4. Freedom to make decisions

      84% Important

      Have freedom to make decision on your own.

    5. Contact with people

      82% Important

      Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

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