Photographic Process Workers and Processing Machine Operators


Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

-19.4% (decline)

Most Common Level of Education

High school diploma or equivalent


What Photographic Process Workers and Processing Machine Operators Do

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.

Other Job Titles Photographic Process Workers and Processing Machine Operators May Have

Digital Printer Operator, Film Processor, Film Technician, Lab Technician, Photo Lab Specialist, Photo Lab Technician (Photographic Laboratory Technician), Photo Printer, Photo Specialist, Photo Technician

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Photography Assistant ,

Georgia State University

At GSU PR and Marketing Communications I am currently tasked with accepting pending requests to the software Widen, our digital asset library; photoshopping, uploading, and sending headshots to clients; tagging photos; and assisting with shoots for all three of our photographers by handling equipment, offering ideas, and often being a stand-in or model. I have recently proposed the idea to begin a new video series within Georgia State showcasing student internships.

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Select digital images for printing, specify number of images to be printed, and direct to printer, using computer software.
  • Create prints according to customer specifications and laboratory protocols.
  • Produce color or black-and-white photographs, negatives, or slides, applying standard photographic reproduction techniques and procedures.
  • Set or adjust machine controls, according to specifications, type of operation, or material requirements.
  • Review computer-processed digital images for quality.

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