Photographic Equipment Technician

Repair broken cameras and lenses for both amateur and pro Photographers.
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Salary Range
$17,000 – $37,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Photographic Equipment Technicians do?

If you’ve ever dreamed of becoming indispensable to Fashion Designers, Independent Filmmakers, and Music Video Directors, then a job as a Photographic Equipment Technician might be perfect for you. Photographic Equipment Technicians maintain and repair the cameras that make photography and filmmaking possible.

If you work as a Photographic Equipment Technician in a small repair shop, your job involves a large amount of customer service. You talk to the customer about their equipment and the issues they’re having. After promising that you’ll be extremely careful with their equipment and ushering them out the door, you do a thorough workup of the equipment, running tests to find the cause of the problem. You also consult a pricing sheet to determine how much replacement parts will cost.

You then prepare an estimate for the customer, and make sure they approve the estimate before you begin work. If it is approved, you make the repairs.

If, on the other hand, you work for a large camera company, you may never talk to customers. Instead, you’re given equipment to work on, along with a written description of the problems the client is facing. You run tests to isolate the problem, and fix that problem as quickly as possible.

You spend much of your day working with very small and intricate parts. To do this, you may have to use magnifying glasses. You must remember to use those glasses rather than squinting at the small pieces.


Should I be a Photographic Equipment Technician?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Photographic Technician

    How to Become a
    Photographic Equipment Technician

    Photographic Equipment Technicians 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 Photographic Equipment Technician-related education!
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