what this job is about


Medical photographers, also known as bio-medical 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 improve the understanding of the human body and disease

what skills you need

There are two main entry routes into Medical Photography

1st one

  • the first one takes an understanding and the qualifications in photography
  • an HND level course in Photography, followed by a trainee post at a teaching hospital
  • then after a year take a Post Experience Certificate in Medical Illustration
  • BIPP (British Institute of Professional Photographers) Qualifying Examination in Medical Photography.
2nd one
  • In addition to having an understanding of (body structure), you must show evidence of technical advance knowledge.
  • You may need to use particular skills creatively (such as lighting or composition) to show some conditions effectively.
  • It is also important to have good written and verbal communication skills as well as the ability to accept high levels of responsibility

type of degree

Most medical photographers have a degree in photography from a college or university and often have a degree in the sciences. They need to have a good understanding of photographic and optical principles, and also understand the technical needed things of a particular job in order select or change equipment. Knowledge of digital imaging software is necessary to edit and output images while maintaining scale and color balance

schools that offer that program / salary scale

Average $36,000

  • subsidized division of the UVM College of Medicine
  • University of Wisconsin - Madison
  • University of Wisconsin - River Falls
  • University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point
  • Upper Iowa University - Madison

future job outlook

Your job outlook will continue to be Average because:
1. The employment growth rate will likely be average because technological advances will simplify the process of taking and developing photographs, which limits the demand for photographers.
2. The retirement rate will likely be below average, and the number of retiring workers should not add/give significantly to job openings.