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Medical Photographer

Overview: Medical photographers take still & motion pictures of medical phenomenon used in illustrations for scientific publications, educational materials and research. They take photos of patients' anatomical structures, surgery, microscopic specimens using ultraspeed, ultraviolet and infrared techniques.
Duties: They confer with surgeons, physicians, pathologists and medical researchers to identify their photographic needs for reasons of diagnoses or use in publications, educational aids or research.

For each project, decide what types of photographic equipment to use such as microscopic, ultraspeed, infrared, ultraviolet, etc. Work with the medical experts to schedule and set up a project.

They operate the photographic equipment to take photos of surgical procedures, tissue, specimens, bone and muscle structures and the results of cameras exploring the body system.

They edit and enlarge the photos in accordance with the project objectives. Experiment with new technology to enhance quality and access to subjects being photographed.

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Job Outlook: Employment of medical photographers is expected to grow about as fast as average through 2018. Job growth, however, will be constrained somewhat by the widespread use of digital photography and the falling price of digital equipment which allows amateurs to perform the work.
Starting Salary: Many 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 medical 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 area of medicine that you wish to concentrate such as surgery, laboratory research, diseases, etc. Applicants should assemble a "portfolio" of their best photographic works to show prospective employers.
Recommended Skills:
  • 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.
  • Operating equipment and machinery.
Recommended Values:
  • Being able to express creative ideas through the arts.
  • Having the ability to work with equipment or material things.

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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 agreements with 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.