Photographic Process Workers and Processing Machine Operators
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Overview
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Perform work involved in developing and processing photographic images from film or digital media. May perform precision tasks such as editing photographic negatives and prints.
Titles for this career often contain these words
FilmOperatorPhotoPrinterDeveloperPrintDigitalLabColorAutomaticMounterCameraExaminerArtistCopyDrumCleanerCutterMaskAirBrushAirbrushArtTracerBlackWhiteChemicalMixerComputerControlledDarkroomImagerDoperTesterWaxerFullInkPlateRay
Education
Only 38% of photographic process workers and processing machine operators have a bachelor's degree or higher.
Education attained by photographic process workers and processing machine operators
None
High School
Some College
Associate's/Cert.
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Professional Degree
Doctorate
Context: workers with bachelor's degrees
This is near the middle of all careeers' percentages of bachelor's holders.
Employment
Workforce size
Photographic process workers and processing machine operators, with 17,100 workers, form a smaller workforce than 78% of careers.
Predicted employment growth
Over the next decade, jobs for photographic process workers and processing machine operators are expected to shrink by 21%, and should have about 2,000 job openings a year.
Safety from automation
Photographic process workers and processing machine operators are more likely to be automated than 98% of other careers.
Salaries
Context: Median Salary
How do salaries for photographic process workers and processing machine operators compare to other jobs' salaries?
Distribution: What salary can you expect?
See what most photographic process workers and processing machine operators earn.
$32K$0$20K$40K$60K
Gender
Women account for 42% of photographic process workers and processing machine operators -- that's a larger percentage than 54% of other jobs.
Gender of photographic process workers and processing machine operators
Men
Women
Context: Salary inequity
For each career, we compared the median (middle) men's salary to the median women's salary. For photographic process workers and processing machine operators, the median men's salary was 71% more the median woman's salary.
Race/Origin
About 25% of photographic process workers and processing machine operators are minority, and 18% are foreign-born.
Race/origin of photographic process workers and processing machine operators
White
Black
Pacific Islander
Hispanic
Asian
American Indian
Multiracial
Other
Context: Foreign-born workers (18%)
Where are the most jobs?
We ranked the number of jobs in Photographic Process Workers and Processing Machine Operators per thousand workers in each state, DC, and Puerto Rico. Blue indicates low density, with lighter shades moving to yellow indicating higher numbers working in this profession.
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Benefits
How do benefits for this career compare to other jobs?
Context: Employer offers health insurance
Context: Employer offers a pension plan
Worker concerns
Some jobs are more stressful than others, and some are just plain dangerous. The following list gives the percentages of photographic process workers and processing machine operators who report hazardous or difficult situations typically occurring at least once a week.
  • Time Pressure (85%)
  • Exposed to Contaminants (78%)
  • Exposed to Disease or Infections (47%)
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People (47%)
  • Exposed to Hazardous Conditions (45%)
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety (45%)
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations (44%)
  • Degree of Automation (35%)
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment (33%)
SOURCES:
Salary and diversity
What do photographic process workers and processing machine operators earn?
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) provides company-reported job titles and corresonding salaries. This data excludes self-employed workers.
Distribution: Salaries for photographic process workers and processing machine operators (BLS Salary Data)
$32K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100K$120K
Context: Median salaries across careers (BLS Salary Data)
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The American Community Survey (ACS) asks individuals to report their occupation and salary, and as such includes self-employed workers.
Distribution: Salaries for photographic process workers and processing machine operators (ACS Salary Data)
$36K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100K$120K
Context: Median salaries across careers (ACS Salary Data)
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Photographic Process Workers and Processing Machine Operators: Inflation-adjusted salary trend
This job's median $47KAll jobs' median $45K$26K$44K070809101112131415161718$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100K$120K
A look at employers and corresponding salaries
The donut shares the break-down of workers by employer type, giving us a picture of what employers most typically hire photographic process workers and processing machine operators.
Employers of Photographic Process Workers and Processing Machine Operators (ACS)
Private for-profit (85.3%)
Private not-for-profit (4.0%)
Local government (1.3%)
State government (1.1%)
Federal government (2.2%)
Self-employed incorporated (1.1%)
Self-employed not incorporated (4.8%)
Working without pay (0.2%)
Distribution: Salaries of photographic process workers and processing machine operators by type of employer (ACS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type calculated by aggregating individual household survey responses.
$36K$33K$34K$0$20,000$40,000$60,000$80,000$100,000$120,000Local governmentPrivate for-profitAll
Distribution: Salaries of photographic process workers and processing machine operators by type of employer (BLS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type as reported by BLS based on large employer-focused surveys. We note that smaller employer categories are not included by BLS.
$32K$0$20,000$40,000$60,000All

We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

Salary growth for photographic process workers and processing machine operators

Is this a job that rewards experience, or is this job most likely a part of a career ladder? The higher a job's experience quotient, the more experience is rewarded with pay increases. Jobs in the green range have the best rewards with experience.

Take a minute to look at how much you might expect your salary to increase with each five years' experience, as well as how the numbers working at each age change. Does this seem to be a job for the young or the old, or could it be a career offering steady salary growth for many years?

Salary distribution
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Number employed
01K2K3K4K20-2425-2930-3435-3940-4445-4950-5455-5960-64

We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

Photographic process workers and processing machine operators and gender

With 42% women, this occupation has a higher percentage of women than 54% of careers.

Context: Women in the workforce
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Gender of Photographic process workers and processing machine operators
Men (58%)
Women (42%)
Distribution: Salaries by gender

The median (middle) salary for all full-time male workers in the US exceeds the full-time median salary for women by 19%, and the difference for photographic process workers and processing machine operators tops that, with the median salary for men 71% higher than the median salary for women.

$27K$46K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100K$120KWomenMen
Context: Salary Inequity

The chart below shows the salary inequity, the percentage by which the median men's salary is higher than the median women's salary for all but about 20 jobs in which women typically earn more than men. Photographic process workers and processing machine operators have one of the more significant inequity issues, with the increase in men's median salary over women's median salary even higher than that for 99% of other jobs.

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We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

Race and origin of photographic process workers and processing machine operators

Here we check out the diversity of origin in this career. There is a higher percentage of minority photographic process workers and processing machine operators than for 69% of other careers. This career hires a larger percentage of foreign-born workers than most other careers.

Race/origin of photographic process workers and processing machine operators
White (71% )
Black (10% )
Asian (10% )
Other (4% )
Multiracial (3% )
American Indian (1% )
Hispanic (1% )
Pacific Islander (0% )
Context: Representation of minorities in the workforce
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Context: Representation of foreign-born workers
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Distribution: Salaries for photographic process workers and processing machine operators by race/origin

For some careers, there is a pay disparity depending on race or origin, though this is not prevalent. We calculate standard errors for all of our calculations, and when the error is high we do not show results. Therefore, for some jobs will have omitted race/origin categories.

$24K$36K$73K$0$50K$100K$150KBlackWhiteAsian
Distribution: Salaries for photographic process workers and processing machine operators by nativity
$33K$50K$0$50K$100K$150KAll native citizensAll foreign-born

We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

Photographic process workers and processing machine operators and Part-time/Full-time employment

We've found that somes jobs hava a huge number of part-time workers, and that typically most who are working part-time are doing so because they cannot find full-time work or the job they have cannot provide full-time hours. With 23% part-time workers, this occupation has a higher percentage of part-time workers than 74% of careers.

Context: Part-time workers in the workforce
23%0%20%40%60%80%100%
Why workers are part-time
Full-Time is less than 35 hours a week
Retired/Social Security limit on earnings
Could not find full-time work
Seasonal work
Slack work/business conditions
School/training
Health/medical limitations
Child care problems
Other family/personal obligations
Other reasons
Distribution: Salaries by part-time/full-time status

The salary distributions for full-time and part-time photographic process workers and processing machine operators is shown following.

$13K$36K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100K$120KPart-time workersFull-time workers
Pathways to this career
Education attained by photographic process workers and processing machine operators

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), photographic process workers and processing machine operators typically hold a high school diploma or equivalent.

Sometimes the typical education identified by the BLS differs a bit from the reality of the how much education current workers actually have. The donut shows the education level held by people currently working as photographic process workers and processing machine operators as reported in responses to the American Community Survey.

Education attained by photographic process workers and processing machine operators
None
High School
Some College
Associate's/Cert.
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Professional Degree
Doctorate
Distribution: Salary by education level

What level of education is truly needed for photographic process workers and processing machine operators? Below we see the distribution of photographic process workers and processing machine operators salaries based on the education attained.

$26K$30K$36K$63K$0$50K$100K$150KHigh School (26%)Some College (22%)Associate's/Cert. (10%)Bachelor's Degree (32%)

We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

Switching Careers
The most common next careers for photographic process workers and processing machine operators

What jobs will most photographic process workers and processing machine operators hold next year?

The data in this chart comes from person interviews for the Census Bureau's Current Population Survey. The survey interviews households eight times over a two-year period, allowing us a glimpse into how people move from job to job. You can see more details from the results of the survey in our last tab in this section, and you can read about our methodology in our source descriptions.

Here we see all of the jobs that at least 1% of photographic process workers and processing machine operators reported holding in their second year's survey. Is your future job on this list?

Photographic Process Workers and Processing Machine OperatorsCashiersPhotographersComputer ProgrammersShipping, Receiving, and Inventory ClerksInspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and WeighersHealth Technologists and TechniciansRetail SalespersonsDiagnostic related technologists and techniciansMedical and Health Services ManagersTelevision, video, and film camera operators and editorsWaiters and WaitressesFirst-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales WorkersDesignersProducers and DirectorsEditorsEducation and childcare administratorsLaborers and Freight, Stock, and By-Hand Material MoversOffice Machine OperatorsMedical assistants and other healthcare support occupationsAnimal Trainers
Lateral job transitions for photographic process workers and processing machine operators

A lateral career transition is a move to a job with similar pay and responsibilities. A move to such a job can offer a change of pace without an increase in stress or a decrease in pay. The following table simply identifies all 6 jobs which were held by at least 1% of survey respondents before working as photographic process workers and processing machine operators as well as 1% of respondents after working as photographic process workers and processing machine operators. Select a row to investigate the job's full description and determine if it truly offers an opportunity for a lateral transition.

Employed
How many people have this job?
Salary
Salary distribution for people in this occupation. Range is 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
No degree
Associate's/Cert.
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate/Professional
Gender
Men
Women
Prior and next careers for photographic process workers and processing machine operators: full listings

What do people typically do before and after they work as photographic process workers and processing machine operators? Here are the full lists of all jobs that at least 1% of photographic process workers and processing machine operators surveyed reported as holding a year earlier or later.

Choose which type of transition to view
Prior jobs
Next jobs
Variation by state
State-by-state employment numbers

Some careers tend to be centered in specific parts of the country. For example, most jobs in fashion are in New York or California. Let's see if your dream job is easy to find in your dream location! We have a few choices for viewing the data that can help you get a full employment picture.

Job density versus job count

Which states hire the most photographic process workers and processing machine operators? We wonder if that's a fair question since states come in all sizes, so instead let's start with the question of which states have the highest density of people working as photographic process workers and processing machine operators. You can choose to view the number of jobs per state if you prefer.

BLS vs ACS data

This map defaults to employment information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which provides job totals carefully compiled for accuracy and with a primary focus on how employers describe their workers. The BLS job totals do not count self-employed workers. We've also compiled totals using the Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS) which are based on how workers describe themselves. Sometimes ACS results are quite a bit different from the employer-based BLS data.

Choose the metric to review
Jobs per 1000 working
Number of jobs
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BLS
Number of Photographic Process Workers and Processing Machine Operators per 1,000 workers (BLS)
Select a state to see local area details
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Salaries by state
Let's get a feel for where photographic process workers and processing machine operators earn the highest salaries. There are several choices for which data we consider and how we view that data, and each can lead to different conclusions, so please read on...
Median salary versus state ratio

We use two methods to compare salaries across states:

  • In-state comparisons: the ratio of median (middle) salaries for photographic process workers and processing machine operators compared to the median salary for all people working in each state, or
  • Median salary: the unaltered median salaries for photographic process workers and processing machine operators.

We hope the ratio allows perspective about how salaries may compare to the regional cost-of-living.

BLS vs ACS data

We have two sources for statewide salary information with important distinctions. The BLS data is created by surveying companies, missing individuals who are self-employed or work for smaller companies. The ACS data is compiled from multi-faceted household surveys and may reflect the inconsistencies that people may have in reporting information.

Choose the metric to review
Location-adjusted median salary
Median salary
Use this data source
BLS
Location-adjusted median salary for Photographic Process Workers and Processing Machine Operators (BLS)
The darkest shading corresponds to states in which photographic process workers and processing machine operators earn the highest salary when compared to other jobs in the state. We think this ratio might be a better indicator than the actual salary for your buying power as a state resident.
Select a state to see local area details
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How should the career similarity be computed?

There are a number of ways to measure the similarity of jobs, here are a few we provide:

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  • Knowledge: What do you need to know the most about?
  • Physical Abilities: Do you need to especially strong or coordinated?