Photographers (27-4021)

Occupation description:  Photograph people, landscapes, merchandise, or other subjects, using digital or film cameras and equipment. May develop negatives or use computer software to produce finished images and prints. Includes scientific photographers, aerial photographers, and photojournalists.

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Employment and Job Openings

  Average employment Average annual openings
  2014 estimate2024 projectionPercent change GrowthReplacementTotal
Alaska 99102 3.00 33
United States 124,900128,800 3.1390 3,0503,450

Job outlook

  • Alaska: Alaska’s employment growth is low with low employment opportunities. Read more.


2016 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 20.509.1911.29 16.3825.1036.65
Alaska 22.4611.9516.26 18.9224.2529.65
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 24.2212.9216.96 21.0925.3929.85

Labor Force Indicators

2015 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
10433 31.726.7 24.0
2015 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation29
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation12
UI claimants previously working in occupation9
2015 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 171
Number of job position postings 7
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 24.4

Typical Entry-level Education, Experience, and/or On-the-job Training

Education: High school diploma or equivalent Work experience: None On-the-job training: Long-term on-the-job training

Training Resources

 Degree
Alaska Mountaineering School   (Talkeetna)
Kauai Photo Workshop

 Degree
University of Alaska Anchorage   (Anchorage)
Art Bac
Art Bac

 Degree
University of Alaska Fairbanks   (Fairbanks)
Art Bac
Art Bac
Art Mas