Photographic Equipment Technicians
Education and Training Requirements
To prepare for this career, high school students should take classes in shop and mathematics. With the popularity of the digital camera, be sure to take computer science classes to understand how computer chips can store and download photographic images. Many camera technicians are photography enthusiasts themselves, so take courses in photography, film, and other art forms to gauge your interest.
Because their work is highly technical, photographic equipment technicians need specialized training, but classroom or correspondence training is relatively nonexistent. Most technicians learn from those more experienced or by purchasing manuals and watching videos.
Certification, Licensing, and Special Requirements
Certification or Licensing
There are no certification or licensing requirements for photographic equipment technicians.
Experience, Skills, and Personality Traits
Photographic equipment technicians must possess a methodical approach to troubleshooting and project management. Those who work directly with the public must be able to communicate easily with people. Camera repair shop owners must have the ability to run a small business. Photographic equipment technicians need excellent vision, manual dexterity, and mechanical aptitude.