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Degrees in photography typically help to develop the technical and artistic talents of photographers. Many positions require photographers to hold at least a bachelor's degree in photography. This is especially true for those in specialties such as industrial photography, photojournalism or scientific photography.
A four-year Bachelor's of Fine Arts in Photography offers students the opportunity to create work influenced by film, design, fine art, video, and sound. Students are challenged both technically and conceptually as they develop their skills through the exploration of analog and digital technology. Photographers in the fine arts track learn to cultivate the conceptual insight of a fine art photographer; courses may include photography techniques, studio lighting, colour theory, graphic design, digital photography and artwork critique.
Some colleges and universities offer Master of Fine Arts in Photography programs, which typically take two to three years to complete. Completion of a master's degree may qualify graduates for teaching positions at community colleges and universities.
The career trajectory of people with a Photography degree appears to be focused around a few careers. The most common career that users with Photography degrees have experience in is Veterinary Pathologist, followed by Animal Control Worker, Audiologist, Drill Press Operator, Substance Abuse Social Worker, Metal Worker, Photojournalist, Ship Captain, Certified Professional Organizer, and Museum Conservator.
|Career||% of graduates||% of population||Multiple|
|Animal Control Worker||1.6%||0.0%||267.7×|
|Drill Press Operator||1.1%||0.0%||91.5×|
|Substance Abuse Social Worker||1.0%||0.0%||73.6×|
|Certified Professional Organizer||1.0%||0.0%||60.9×|
Photography graduates earn on average $k, putting them in the bottom percentile of earners with a degree.
|Percentile||Earnings after graduation ($1000s USD)|
|25th (bottom earners)||-|
|Median (average earners)||-|
|75th (top earners)||-|
Photography graduates are not very underemployed compared to other graduates. We have collected data on three types of underemployment. Part-time refers to work that is less than 30 hours per week. Non-college refers to work that does not require a college degree. Low-paying includes a list of low-wage service jobs such as janitorial work, serving, or dishwashing.
|Employment Type||Employment potential|
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