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What can I do with my degree in Photography?

Photography careers

The occupations listed below are a selection of those which may interest Photography students and graduates.


Photographers create visual images of people, places, products and events to meet a client’s brief by dealing with different locations and circumstances, using a range of technical equipment and specialist software, as well as arranging props and backgrounds.  Many photographers are self-employed, although some are employed.
Job profile of a photographer from the Prospects website
Job profile of a photographer from the National Careers Service website
How to become a freelance photographer

Commercial and Advertising Photographer

Commercial and advertising photographers produce images to help promote and sell products and services and maintain brand awareness for a variety of industries.
Job profile of commercial photographer from the Creative Skillset website
What is commercial photography?
Information of commercial and advertising photography

Corporate Photographer

Corporate photographers produce visual images for corporate-based clients and companies, including marketing campaigns, headshots, portraits or group pictures for both inside and outside the office space.
Job profile of a corporate photographer from the Creative Skillset website  

Editorial and Press Photographer

Editorial and press photographers take photographs for newspaper publications, magazines and the web.
Job profile of a press photographer from the Prospects website

Fashion Photographer

Fashion photographers work in both studios and on location taking photographs for magazines, websites and advertising campaigns.
Job profile of Fashion Photographer from the Creative Skillset website

Fashion and Photographic Stylist

Photographic stylists organise and arrange the props, set and garments used on a photoshoot while working to a brief. 
Job profile of a photographic stylist from the National Careers Service website

Fine Art Photographer

Fine art photographers create and sell visual images of artistic merit to achieve a distinct style that galleries or companies would be interested in purchasing.
How to do fine art photography
Case study for a fine art photographer on the Prospects website

Wedding Photographer

Wedding photographers work with couples to capture their wedding ceremony, reception and special moments of the day.
Job profile of a wedding photographer on website
Case study of wedding photographer

Portraiture Photographer

Portrait photographers take photographs of individuals or groups, either in a studio or outside and are often involved in the editing process after the shoot.
Job profile for portrait photographers on Snag A Job website
Tips for a portraiture photographer

Medical/Clinical Photographer

Medical photographers use photography to record medical data (such as injuries, diseases and operations) to accompany reports and for educational purposes.
Job profile for medical photographers from the Creative Skillset website
Job profile for clinical photographers from the NHS website

Estate Agency Photographer

Estate agency photographers shoot images of houses and buildings to carefully suit a client’s marketing expectations.
Interview with a real estate photographer

Digital Imaging Specialist

Digital imaging specialists are involved in the colour (and overall) correction, retouching, scanning and manipulation of digital images sourced from film stock, original prints and digital photographs.
Job profile for digital imaging specialists from the Plan It Plus website
Job profile for digital imaging specialists from the Creative Skillset website

Picture Researcher

Picture researchers find suitable photographs for a wide range of employers and/or products through searching archives and conforming to copyright issues.
Job profile for picture researchers from Target Jobs website
Job profile for picture researchers from Creative Skillset website

Art and Photo Editor

Art and photo editors select, purchase, prepare and alter stock photos (or take photographs themselves) to improve the look of magazines and/or other publications.
Job profile for art editors from the National Careers Service website

Further Education Lecturer

Further education lecturers mainly teach subjects to students who are mainly 16 years of age or older, although some colleges now teach vocational courses to 14-19 year olds.  Workplaces can include sixth forms, colleges and adult education centres.   
Job profile of a further education teacher from the Prospects website

Higher Education Lecturer

Higher education lecturers primarily teach undergraduate and postgraduate university students who are 18-years old and above, but can also lecture in some specialist further education colleges.
Job profile of a higher education lecturer from the Prospects website

Please note that some of these careers may require further study.

For further information on these careers, see also:

People in some anthropology roles may be self-employed.

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Last Updated: 10/06/2021