Picture Researcher

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Picture researchers select specific photographs or illustrations for use in a wide range of media such as books, magazines, websites and television. Their employers include media or advertising companies, picture agencies or libraries, and museums or art galleries.

The Work

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

Starting salaries for picture researchers are between £15,000 and £24,000 per year.

With experience, this could rise to around £30,000 per year. Picture editors can earn around £35,000 a year.

Freelance rates vary according to the area you are working in. For example, freelance rates are usually per day and vary depending on the medium — for books it can be £150, broadcasting up to £190, magazines up to £125 and national newspapers up to £130. (The National Union of Journalists' freelance pay rates guide).


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What Does it Take?

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Getting On

More Information

BAPLA lists job vacancies on their website as well as individual employers such as picture libraries or art galleries.

BBC Scotland runs an apprenticeship scheme for people who are keen to get into a career in the media industry. The closing date for applications is usually sometime in April or May. The one-year apprenticeship is based in Glasgow and pays £12,500 a year. Training takes place at Glasgow Kelvin College, BBC Scotland at Pacific Quay and on the job in various departments. It leads to a Level 3 Diploma in Creative and Digital Media. Applicants must have National 5 English and Maths, good IT skills and a keen interest in media. You must be at least 18 at the start date of the apprenticeship. There are usually only around ten places available, so entry is very competitive. The selection process includes an assessment day and tests in English and Maths. If you would like to find out more or check on application deadline dates visit BBC Scotland Apprenticeships.


The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

British Association of Picture Libraries and Agencies (BAPLA)
Tel: 020 8297 1198
Twitter: @baplaUK

London School of Publishing
Tel: 020 7221 3399
Twitter: @LSPPublishing

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