Photographers and Videographers

Military Career

General Information

Description

Military photographers and videographers have an important job in communicating and recording military activity. Photographers photograph people, landscapes, merchandise, and other subjects, using digital or film cameras and other equipment. Videographers use a variety of electronic media to record videos for television, internet, and film.

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Work Environment

Photographers and videographers work both indoors and outdoors while photographing their subjects. They may take photos from aircraft or ships. They process photographs in photographic laboratories on bases or aboard ships.

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Comparable Industries

  • Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
  • Radio and Television Broadcasting
  • Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers
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Military Outlook

Service Branches

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  • Army
  • Marine Corps
  • Navy
  • Air Force
  • Coast Guard

Military Status

  • Enlisted
    • Hands-on/specialized
    • High school diploma required

Military Workforce

Photographers and Videographers in the Military

1,168

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Salary

Average Salary

$49,820

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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • High school 28%
  • Associate's degree 20%
  • Some college 16%
  • Bachelor's degree 16%
  • Less than high school 16%
  • Post-secondary certificate 4%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

Military training

All enlisted service members complete basic military training, which includes time spent in a classroom and in the field, and covers tactical and survival skills, physical training, military life and customs, and weapons training. Photographers and videographers in the Military will gain skills through classroom study, including practice in taking and developing photographs, and on-the-job experience. Job-specific training content may include: Photographic processing and reproductionPrinciples of photojournalismOperation and maintenance of photographic equipmentMotion picture equipment operationAudio recording and using sound equipmentScripting and special effects techniques

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Related College Majors

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Knowledge

  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Fine Arts
  • English Language

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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