Careers in Photography

As a photographer you may look for opportunities to exhibit your photos, work for galleries, manage creative projects, communicate visually and collaborate online.

You need to get as much experience as possible before graduating to build your network contacts and portfolio as work in media and creative industries in competitive.

Being entrepreneurial is important as you may be self-employed or work freelance. You may find opportunities by making speculative approaches or by answering calls for submissions.

You can also look for creative opportunities (e.g. image creation) in areas such as science, medicine, criminology, anthropology, travel and tourism.

Combining a major in photography with teaching studies will qualify you to teach photography in schools and other educational settings.

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Skills and attributes

You will need to demonstrate the following skills and attributes to gain employment as a photographer:

  • Technical skills including a working knowledge of cameras, photographic software, lighting and angles.
  • Editing skills
  • The ability to market your work to increase your client-base
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Good planning and time management skills
  • Creativity


 Related roles include:

  • Art director
  • Graphic designer
  • Photography curator
  • Animator
  • Artist
  • Sports or events photographer
  • Media photographer
  • Celebrity photographer


Some related roles may require further study or experience.  Descriptions of occupations, industry career profile, salary and other employment information can be obtained from the My future website.

Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

Salary and job outlook

You can learn more about graduate salaries and graduates job outcomes for environmental health graduates at Graduate Careers Australia.

Look at industry trends and employment prospects by visiting Australian Government Job Outlook.

Professional associations are an invaluable connection to industry information, networking and professional development opportunities. Most offer student membership discounts. Follow the link to the Australian Institute of Professional Photographers

Book an appointment with Jobshop for more information.

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