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How will your photography education stack up?

If you want to study photography at home, you should be aware of how your education will compare to the education available elsewhere in the US. Below is some information to help you get started. The US has 355 brick and mortar photography schools.

Top Schools

The following schools that have photography programs were ranked top in the nation in 2010:

  1. New York University - located in New York, New York
  2. University of Washington-Seattle Campus - located in Seattle, Washington State
  3. University of Miami - located in Miami, Florida

Student Demographics

In 2010, 5,187 students earned degrees in photography in the US. Of these students, 890 received certifications in photography, 4,005 received an undergraduate degree in photography, and 292 received a graduate-level degree in photography.

Academics

Students can pursue education in photography at the following levels:

  • Associate's Degree in Photography
  • Bachelor's Degree in Photography
  • Master's Degree in Photography
  • Certificate in Photography

Photography students can expect to gain the following skills and/or knowledge while studying photography:

  • Portraits
  • Lighting
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Photography Composition
  • Color Theory

Cost

Students at photography schools around the nation paid an average of $22,793 in tuition fees per year in 2010. The following photography schools had the highest tuition rates:

  1. New York University - located in New York, New York, students paid $38,765
  2. Providence College - located in Providence, Rhode Island, students paid $33,120
  3. Rhode Island School of Design - located in Providence, Rhode Island, students paid $36,659

The lowest tuition was charged by the following photography schools:

  1. University of Central Florida - located in Orlando, Florida, students paid $4,526
  2. Appalachian State University - located in Boone, North Carolina, students paid $4,491
  3. Texas State University-San Marcos - located in San Marcos, Texas, students paid $6,168

How will your photography job compare?

Photographer is the profession of choice for a large number of photography graduates. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 54,550 photographers working in the US in 2010. The following states have the largest number of photographers:

  1. California - 4,830 Photographers
  2. Texas - 4,450 Photographers
  3. New York - 3,800 Photographers

Projected Growth

The projected growth for photographers is expected to be the fastest in the following states:

  1. Oklahoma - 28%
  2. Georgia - 27%
  3. Utah - 23%

Salary

On average, a photographer earns a salary of $34,207 per year in the US. However, factors such as education, experience, or education can cause the salary for a photographer to vary greatly. Salaries for photographers range from less than $15,510 per year to more than $153,070 per year. Photographers in the following states make the highest salaries on average:

  1. Washington DC - $56,110 per year
  2. Connecticut - $53,810 per year
  3. New York - $48,630 per year

The states with the lowest average salary for photographers are:

  1. West Virginia - $24,750 per year
  2. Tennessee - $25,920 per year
  3. Iowa - $25,930 per year

 
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So what kind of job can you get after studying
photography?

Below you'll find various popular careers! Compare professions and see which one you find interesting!

Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (Past 5 Yrs)
1
Photographers 54,550 $35,980 -6.4%
2
Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Motion Picture 16,760 $48,450 -25.6%