Photographic Machine Operator

Tend machines that photograph original documents.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $42,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Photographic Machine Operators do?

Tends machine that photographs original documents, such as bills, statements, receipts, and checks: Loads machine with film. Feeds records to be photographed into feed rolls that carry material to be photographed past camera lens, or positions records on table beneath camera lens. May adjust camera distance from document, focus, and exposure settings to accommodate size of record and ensure clarity and resolution of image. May tend equipment which encases roll film in cartridges or mounts microfiche on aperture card.


Should I be a Photographic Machine Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Helpful: You always keep an eye out for what other people need.

  • Also known as: Document Photographer, Graphics Production Specialist, Graphotype Operator, Micro Photographer, Mimeographer See More

    How to Become a
    Photographic Machine Operator

    Most Photographic Machine Operators have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9ffaaa&chl=no+college+%2885%25%29|certificate+%287%25%29|associate%27s+%288%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,85,85
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