Occupation Info

Scientific Photographer

Overview: Scientific photographers take photographs & motion pictures of scientific phenomenon in fields such as chemistry, biology, medicine, and engineering. They work with scientists to set up the subject matter to be photographed. Their work is used in scientific journals and for research.
Duties: They confer with scientists and resarchers who need to use photography as a means of describing or explaining how they achieved certain results from experiments.

Decide what kinds of photographic equipment is required such as infrared, microscopic, ultraspeed or ultraviolet. The choice is based on the subject photographed and scientists' objectives.

They confer with the scientist to create the lighting conditions and backgrounds needed to optimize the quality of photographs. Decide upon camera angles, distances & numbers of photos taken.

They preview the results with scientists to determine what kinds of quality enhancement techniques should be used in producing the final prints.

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A.S. Dance 
A.S. Art: Concentrations in Art & Design or Art History 
A.S. Theatre: Concentrations in Acting or Technical Theatre 
Job Outlook: Employment of scientific photographers is expected to grow as fast as average through 2018.
Starting Salary: Many talented photographers work on a free lance basis.
Salary Range (National Average): $28,000 to $31,000
Education Level: Training for this occupation generally requires an Associate Degree from a 2 year or community college.
Additional Training/Education: Entry level positions in scientific photography require a college degree at either the bachelor or associate degree level. In addition to studies in photography, it is essential that you take courses in the scientific field that you wish to concentrate such as geology, medicine, engineering, chemistry, etc. Applicants should assemble a portfolio of their best photographic works to show prospective employers.
Recommended Skills:
  • Operating equipment and machinery.
  • Using scientific methods to investigate and conduct experiments.
  • Identifying the most appropriate equipment and tools needed to get a job done.
  • Painting, drawing, crafting, sculpting and creative designing.
  • Using your hands to operated fine instruments and precision tools.
Recommended Values:
  • Being able to express creative ideas through the arts.

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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreementswith other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.

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