The employment of freelance photographers is expected to grow over the decade. The demand for portrait photographers will continue as people continue to want new portraits. In addition, companies will continue to need the services of commercial photographers to develop attractive advertisements to sell products. Employment is also expected to decline for photographic equipment repairers and photo processing workers, due to the transition to digital processes.
Overall, employment opportunities will be best for freelance photographers with multiple skills, including editing and retouching photographic images and digital video capture. According to the Department of Labor, the employment of photographers is expected to grow by 6 percent through 2028.In addition, stock photography services available online provide individuals and businesses with access to stock photos in exchange for a fee or subscription, which could reduce demand for photographers. Commercial and industrial photographers take photographs of subjects such as buildings, models, merchandise, artifacts and landscapes. Being represented in a medium as omnipresent as photography creates a sense of unity and empowerment, which should be a growing trend in the areas of stock photography, fashion and commercial specifically.
The Job Outlook tab describes the factors that affect the growth or decline of employment in the occupation and, in some cases, describes the relationship between the number of job applicants and the number of job offers. Entry level positions in photojournalism or industrial or scientific photography generally require a university degree in photography or in a field related to the industry in which the photographer seeks employment.