University of Wisconsin–Madison

Medical Photographer

Medical photographers, also known as biomedical photographers, document scientific information in the areas of medicine, biology, chemistry, and other health subjects. Biomedical photographers make prints of charts and graphs, create videotapes or digitized images, and process photographs of the many different parts of the body to enhance the understanding of the human body and disease.

Work Activities/Work Locations

Medical photographs may document a surgical procedure, record a patient’s medical condition over time, or photograph an autopsy. They can also use photomicrography which allows a microscopic object to appear in full detail. Medical photographers work in a variety of places such as medical schools, health organizations, pharmaceutical companies, publishing houses, and hospitals. Hours can vary from part-time to full-time positions, or even self-made hours if self-employed.

 Education: 4 years

 Patient Interaction: Low

 Physical Activity: Low

 Salary: $40,750

 Job Growth: Low

Getting Started

Career Outlook

Number Employed in 2012 (Wisconsin): 2,210
Expected Employment in 2022 (Wisconsin): 2,430
Percent Employment Growth (2012-2022): 10%
Expected Annual Openings: 50
Median Salary in 2014 (Wisconsin): $40,750

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