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Photographic Technician

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Photographic technicians process images for output either as photographic prints or on other media, such as posters, banners or t-shirts. In large companies photographic technicians usually specialise in film processing (developing and printing the film), digital scanning and manipulation of images, or print finishing (laminating and mounting the prints for display).

The Work

You could be:

As most photo images are now digital, there are fewer jobs in film processing.

Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Salaries may vary, depending on:

Starting salaries for qualified photographic technicians in the UK tend to be in the range of £14,000 to £18,000 a year. With more experience, salaries can rise to £30,000 a year and above.

Some photographic technicians run their own business. They charge a fee for processing films. They often sell photographic materials to help increase their income.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

You might work for a high street photographic shop, a supermarket with photo processing department or a specialist company.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2018
2829
2.9 %
RISE
2023
2912
  United Kingdom
2018
45584
2.3 %
RISE
2023
46643

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What Does it Take?

You should have:

Training

Getting On

More Information

The widespread use of digital cameras is likely to reduce further the amount of traditional film processing in the future.

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Creative Skillset Scotland
Tel: 020 7713 9800
E-mail: info@creativeskillset.org
Website: http://creativeskillset.org/
Twitter: @SkillsetSSC
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/creativeskillset

Creative Skillset works with the UK’s screen-based creative media industries to develop skills and talent from classroom to boardroom.

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Art and Design

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