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Photographers

OaSIS code 53110.00

Photographers operate still cameras to photograph people, events, scenes, materials, products and other subjects.

Overview

Also known as

  • Aerial photographer
  • Commercial photographer
  • Forensic photographer
  • Industrial photographer
  • Photographer
  • Portrait photographer
  • Scientific photographer

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:

  • Study requirements of a particular assignment and decide on type of camera, film, lighting and background accessories to be used
  • Determine picture composition, make technical adjustments to equipment and photograph subject
  • May operate scanners to transfer photographic images to computers
  • May operate computers to manipulate photographic images
  • May adapt existing photographic images and create new digitized images to be included in multimedia/new media products
  • May use delicate instruments, such as optical microscopes attached to cameras
  • May process exposed film
  • May use airbrush, computer or other techniques to retouch negatives
  • May operate unmanned aerial vehicle/drone to capture aerial photographs of the landscape or any subject.

Additional information

  • Photographers may specialize in areas such as portrait photography, commercial photography, scientific photography, forensic photography, medical photography, digitized photography, multimedia photography or photojournalism.

Similar occupations classified elsewhere

Exclusions:

  • Film and video camera operators (52110)

NOC hierarchy breakdown

NOC version

NOC 2021 Version 1.0

Broad occupational category

5 – Occupations in art, culture, recreation and sport

TEER

3 – Occupations usually require a college diploma or apprenticeship training of less than two years; or more than six months of on-the-job training

Major group

53 – Occupations in art, culture and sport

Sub-major group

531 – Occupations in art and culture

Minor group

5311 – Photographers and support occupations in arts and culture

Unit group

53110 – Photographers

Occupational profile

53110.00 – Photographers

Work characteristics

Work characteristics gathers the various components describing the work environment of each occupation, such as employers, work activities, and the work context. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of complexity (for Work Activities) or other measurement dimensions (for Work Context), and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.

Work Activities

Proficiency or complexity level
Selling or Influencing Others
5 - Highest Level
Thinking Creatively
5 - Highest Level
Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
4 - High Level
Interacting with Computers
4 - High Level
Managing Resources
4 - High Level

Work Context

Structural Job Characteristics

Structured versus Unstructured Work
Degree of freedom to determine tasks and priorities
3 - Moderate amount of freedom
Work Week Duration
Worked hours in a typical week
3 - More than 40 hours

Physical Work Environment

Physical Proximity
Physical distance from others
4 - Close (at arm’s length)

Physical Demands

Sitting
Duration
3 - About half the time
Standing
Duration
3 - About half the time
Bending or Twisting the Body
Duration
2 - Less than half the time

Interpersonal Relations

Contact with Others
Frequency
3 - Once a week or more but not every day
Duration
3 - About half the time
Work with Work Group or Team
Importance
2 - Somewhat important
Frequency
2 - Once a month or more but not every week

Workplaces/employers

  • Governments
  • Magazines
  • Museums
  • Newspapers
  • Photographic studios
  • Self-employed

Skills and abilities

This section displays the various competencies required for an occupation. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of proficiency (for Skills and Abilities) or importance (for Personal Attributes) and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.

Abilities

Proficiency or complexity level
Colour Perception
5 - Highest Level
Depth Perception
4 - High Level
Far Vision
4 - High Level
Fluency of Ideas
4 - High Level
Spatial Visualization
4 - High Level

Skills

Proficiency or complexity level
Instructing
3 - Moderate Level
Management of Personnel Resources
3 - Moderate Level
Oral Communication: Active Listening
3 - Moderate Level
Oral Communication: Oral Comprehension
3 - Moderate Level
Persuading
3 - Moderate Level

Personal Attributes

Importance
Attention to Detail
5 - Extremely important
Creativity
5 - Extremely important
Adaptability
4 - Highly important
Collaboration
4 - Highly important
Independence
4 - Highly important