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.


  • 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


  • 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


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

CAREER INFORMATION AND PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION LINKS - Professional Photographers of America - International Center of Photography - North American Nature Photography Association - National Press Photographers Association - American Society of Media Photographers - American Society of Picture Professionals - American Photographic Artists (formerly Advertising Photographers of America) - Wedding & Portrait Photographers International Association - The Worldwide Community of Imaging Associations - Women in Photography International - Center for Photography at Woodstock - A community of photographers - Self Employment in the Arts - National Endowment for the Arts - Occupational Outlook Handbook Online - Job type descriptions, job growth forecasts, and salary information


Career Development Center -Log into Purchase JobScore to access jobs posted for Purchase students and alumni - Site for the professional creative marketplace - Career and community for media professionals -Non-profit and arts internships and jobs - Photography jobs on Indeed - Internships with Aperture Foundation  - Internships and opportunities with the International Center for Photography 

Additional Resources Available at the CDC