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PHOTOGRAPHERS
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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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Typical Tasks:
 
 
  • Transfer photographs to computers for editing, archiving, and electronic transmission.
  • Develop and print exposed film, using chemicals, touchup tools, and developing and printing equipment.
  • Write photograph captions.
  • Send film to photofinishing laboratories for processing.
  • Take pictures of individuals, families, and small groups, either in studio or on location.
  • Adjust apertures, shutter speeds, and camera focus based on a combination of factors such as lighting, field depth, subject motion, film type, and film speed.
  • Use traditional or digital cameras, along with a variety of equipment such as tripods, filters, and flash attachments.
 
Skills:
 
 
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times..
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively..
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do..
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people..
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents..
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action..
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems..
 
Knowledge:
 
 
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction..
  • Sales and Marketing - Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems..
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming..
  • Fine Arts - Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture..
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar..
  • Communications and Media - Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media..
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders..
 
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Education & Training:
 
  Long-term on-the-job training (more than 12 months)
 
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Wage Information:
 
 
Region Average Annual Average Hourly Entry Level (hourly) Mid-Range  (hourly)
Statewide $47,695.00 $22.94 $14.31 $16.24 - $29.63
Bridgeport/Stamford $50,662.00 $24.35 $15.70 $17.17 - $31.17
Danbury $30,227.00 $14.53 $10.96 $11.24 - $14.22
Hartford $40,100.00 $19.28 $13.03 $15.82 - $22.20
New Haven $55,179.00 $26.53 $14.46 $16.45 - $34.78
New London/Norwich $49,255.00 $23.68 $14.79 $16.82 - $29.61
      
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Occupation Outlook:
 
 
Region Employment Average Annual Growth Rate Average Annual Job Openings
2014 2024
State of Connecticut 1,530 1,560 0.1% 40
 
 
Chart of Growth Rate and Annual Openings   Employment in this occupation is expected to grow more slowly than average, but the number of annual openings will offer very good job opportunities.
Key:
  N/A = Not Applicable, ***** = Over $60.00 per hour, ##### = Over $124,821
 
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