Automatic Print Developer

Tend one or more machines that automatically develop and dry photographs.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$17,000 – $37,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Automatic Print Developers do?

Tends one or more machines that automatically develop, fix, wash, and dry photographic prints: Threads leaders around rollers, through processing tanks and dryer, around polished drum, and onto takeup reel. Turns valves to fill tanks with premixed solutions, such as developer, dyes, stop-baths, fixers, bleaches, and washes. Moves thermostatic control to keep steam-heated drum at specified temperature. Splices sensitized paper to leaders, using tape. Starts machine and throws switches to synchronize drive speeds of processing and drying units. Compares processed prints with color standard and reports variations to control department. Adds specified amounts of chemicals to renew solutions. Maintains production records.

Should I be an Automatic Print Developer?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Print Developer, Automatic

    How to Become an
    Automatic Print Developer

    Automatic Print Developers generally graduate from high school and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate’s degree to increase your chances of finding a good job. Check out these schools offering Automatic Print Developer-related education!
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