6.0/10 job score
risk level
by 2031
or $18.72 hourly
as of 2021

What is the risk of automation?

We calculate this occupation to have an automation risk score of 24% (No worries)

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Qualities required for this occupation:
Fine Arts
Social Perceptiveness
Manual Dexterity
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What do you think the risk of automation is?

How likely do you think this occupation will be taken over by robots/AI within the next 20 years?

How quickly is this occupation growing?

The number of 'Photographers' job openings is expected to rise 8.9% by 2031
'Photographers' is expected to be a fast growing occupation in comparison to other occupations.
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031.
Updated projections are due Sep 2023.

What are the median wages for 'Photographers' in the United States?

In 2021 the median annual wage for 'Photographers' was $38,950, or $18.72 hourly
'Photographers' are paid 14.9% lower than the national median wage, which stands at $45,760
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

How many people are employed as photographers?

As of 2021 there were 38,420 people employed as Photographers within the United States.
This represents around 0.03% of the employed workforce across the country.
Put another way, around 1 in 3 thousand people are employed as Photographers.

Job description

Photograph people, landscapes, merchandise, or other subjects. May use lighting equipment to enhance a subject's appearance. May use editing software to produce finished images and prints. Includes commercial and industrial photographers, scientific photographers, and photojournalists.

SOC Code: 27-4021.00


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jagbar (Highly likely) says
Already happening with AI photos
Apr 22, 2021 at 09:17 AM
Abby (No chance) says
Robots could not take over the personal touch and creative ideas photographers use in every single shot. There is not programing that could replace a person for this job.
Mar 30, 2021 at 06:18 PM
isuzu222 says
The only reason this won't be replaced by robots is because the pay is so low there is no real reason to actively try to replace the profession. Also, this is easily a hobby profession/'freelancing' and will continue to have its niche just like we still have people using the Polaroids for fun.
Mar 04, 2021 at 06:08 AM
Ryan (Highly likely) says
Several forms of photography, particularly product photography, have already been largely automated with locations where you can bring your product, place it in a lightbox set, and AI assists the (non-photographer) customer in taking a series of professionally lit product shots. They're quite effective, will be easy to expand to new locations. Many of the techniques will eventually be possible to extend to portrait photography as well.

AI algorithms are already deeply progressed in combing through google street view to crop and process landscape and urban photography according to classical composition standards. At this point, the primary limiting factor is the sample quality, but much of the principles used will be possible to extend to drones surveying scenic areas.

While the small field of fine art photography will likely be unaffected, the majority of commercial or stock applications of photography are very likely to be done "well enough" by automatization to satisfy the primary customers of the field.
Oct 15, 2020 at 07:07 AM
Celso Ribeiro (Small chance) says
Atividade que envolve dinâmica com grande variação que não se prevê..e o fator determinante que o robô (IA) não vai atingir...a Sensibilidade Humana.
Oct 02, 2019 at 03:37 PM
xenon2 (Likely) says
AI can measure photo quality and take "infinite" number of photos, then based on selection will select best shots.
Imagine ball with lenses floating around, then from 100k pictures 100 is selected, based on "rememberability" and other defined patterns trained from famous photographers.
Aug 26, 2019 at 11:56 AM
E says
I think e-commerce photography that is very technical could be replaced by robots but from my experience, I think it very unlikely and hard to imagine that robots will do better than agency talents for editorial/creative photography
Mar 28, 2019 at 02:25 PM

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