Career Development

Photography

Discover more about the Photography B.F.A. Program and find out about program requirements, courses and the program faculty.

Career Possibilities

The following is a list of some career possibilities that students in this major might find rewarding. Remember, that your major does not necessarily determine your career. Graduates use their academic majors in a variety of professional fields. The options below can be used as a starting point to explore potential career paths, however, you may also want to investigate more using recommended resources to gain a more comprehensive list of careers. Keep in mind that additional education, training, and experiential education beyond your major may be needed to pursue these possibilities.

ACQUIRED SKILLS

  • Ability to communicate emotions and ideas creatively  
  • Proficiency for accuracy and detail
  • Ability to accept/give criticism
  • Ability to operate various tools and equipment
  • Aesthetic judgment and sensitivity
  • Ability to make keen observations and appropriate decisions
  • Analyze composition and style
  • Analyze meaning and subtexts

CAREER TITLES

  • Art Director
  • Corporate Photographer
  • Digital Artist/Photo Retoucher
  • Documentary/Travel Photographer
  • Editorial Photographer
  • Event Photographer
  • Fashion Photographer
  • Fine Art Photographer
  • Film/Video Production Still Photographer
  • Gallery Assistant
  • Medical/Science Photographer
  • Photojournalist
  • Photo Archivist
  • Photo Editor
  • Photo Researcher
  • Photo Technician
  • Photographer's Assistant
  • Portrait Photographer
  • Product Photographer
  • Professor/Teacher
  • Stock Photographer

TYPES OF ORGANIZATIONS THAT HIRE

  • Advertising Agencies
  • Hospitality/Travel  
  • Magazines/newspapers/publishing
  • Fashion Industry
  • Media Organizations
  • Corporations
  • Museums/Cultural Institutions
  • Colleges/universities/schools

CAREER INFORMATION AND PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION LINKS

www.ppa.com - Professional Photographers of America
www.icp.org - International Center of Photography
www.nanpa.org - North American Nature Photography Association
www.nppa.org - National Press Photographers Association
www.asmp.org - American Society of Media Photographers
www.aspp.com - American Society of Picture Professionals
www.apanational.com - American Photographic Artists (formerly Advertising Photographers of America)
www.wppionline.com - Wedding & Portrait Photographers International Association
www.pmai.org - The Worldwide Community of Imaging Associations
www.womeninphotography.org - Women in Photography International
www.cpw.org - Center for Photography at Woodstock
www.art-support.com - Resources for photographers and fine artists.
http://photo.net - A community of photographers
www.bls.gov/oco - Occupational Outlook Handbook Online - Job type descriptions, job growth forecasts, and salary information

JOB SEARCH LINKS

www.purchase.edu/careerdevelopment - Click on Purchase JobScore to access jobs posted for Purchase students and alumni
www.creativehotlist.com - Site for the professional creative marketplace
www.mediabistro.com - Career and community for media professionals
www.idealist.org -Non-profit and arts internships and jobs
www.indeed.com/jobs?q=Photo+or+Photography&start=10 - Photography jobs on Indeed

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Updated 9/15



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