(Starting this week, GDB will be doing spotlight articles on chosen categories in the liberal arts fields. These pieces will examine the employment opportunities available, what sort of training you will need, and other tips that may help shed light on these professions.)

Career Training In Photographyphotographer
There are colleges and online design centers that can help you receive the proper training in this highly competitive field. You'll learn about photo composition, color theory, camera operation, and other related coursework. Instructors guide you through the techniques in various photography disciplines such as commercial photography, industrial photography, photojournalism, and portraiture.

Photography is used in virtually all career fields such as medicine, law, business, entertainment, and publishing. Your career training should reflect the specialty you are interested in. Make sure that the college or online learning center you are considering covers your specific field and interests.

Photographer Job Statistics

Of those who worked as photographers in 2006, more than half were self-employed. This percentage is much higher when compared to other occupations. Full time photographers obtained work through contracts with magazines, advertising firms, or companies that paid flat fees for work.

Other salaried photographers worked in portrait studios, commercial studios, or worked as freelance photographers for stock image agencies. Some photographers worked in the capacity of darkroom technicians or in digital imaging labs.

Employment Opportunities

Because of the transition of film-based photography to digital photography, many businesses and firms are producing their own content. Because of this, jobs in photography are expected to be somewhat decreased.

However, jobs are still expected to grow about 10% though 2016 when compared to other jobs. Competition for salaried jobs will be high. In May 2007, photographers made a mean annual salary of $34.010.

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RMCAD - Where Your Creativity Comes to Life


Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design combines an experienced faculty of working artists with state-of-the-industry technology, creating a fine arts school like no other. Whether you pursue your degree on campus or online, RMCAD offers a hybrid of learning methods for your convenience.


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Digital Photography (AS)
  • Alumni have appeared in reality competition shows such as Top Chef and Project Runway.
  • Has a team of about 4,000 faculty members focused on helping students tap opportunities in a marketplace driven by ideas.
  • Offers programs in design, media arts, fashion, and culinary.
  • Provides program coordinators who work with students to ensure they have the learning materials, assignments, facilities, and faculty to get the most out of the program.
  • Over 50 campus locations nationwide.
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  • Flexible Scheduling
  • Financial Aid
Master of Fine Arts: Graphic Design
  • Liberty University provides a worldclass education from a christ-centered worldview
  • 100% online programs at associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels
  • No standardized testing if student meets admission requirements
  • Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
  • 95% of Liberty University students receive some form of financial aid
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  • Accredited
  • Online Courses
  • Financial Aid
  • Transferable Credits
Media Design, Master of Fine Arts (Online)
  • Full Sail University offers online degree programs that are designed for the world of entertainment, media, arts, and technology. Full Sail's approach is centered on real-world industry experience and creative problem solving.
  • Full Sail uses the experience and knowledge gained from more than three decades of educational innovation to create an unparalleled online education experience that challenges and inspires our students.
  • Learning at Full Sail has always centered around interaction and the exchange of ideas, and our online curriculum fully embraces this philosophy with the aim of being the most people-focused education experience on the web.
  • Through Full Sail’s multitude of online program offerings, students get: One-click access to instructors, Powerful collaborative tools, Interactive learning environments and Innovative curriculum.
  • Full Sail's newest program is the Dan Patrick School of Sportscasting. Developed in collaboration with sportscasting veteran Dan Patrick, the goal is to provide students with real world experience both behind and in fornt of the camera.
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Graphic Arts (AAS)

The Secret to Getting Ahead is Getting Started


Congratulations! Your interest in California College San Diego is an important first step toward changing your life. A career-focused degree is the key to a new career with a potentially higher income, better benefits, and more satisfaction.