Photographic Laboratory Workers


Education and Training Requirements

High School

Employers prefer hiring individuals with at least a high school diploma for photographic laboratory jobs. Knowledge of photography is also important.

Postsecondary Training

Many two-year colleges and technical institutes offer programs in photographic technology. Graduates of these programs can obtain jobs as developers and supervisors in photo labs.

Certification, Licensing, and Special Requirements

Certification or Licensing

There are no specific certification or licensing requirements for photographic laboratory workers.

Experience, Skills, and Personality Traits

An interest in photography and an understanding of its basic processes are natural assets for those applying for jobs in this field. Film centers at convenience stores such as CVS and Walgreens will provide training in film developing and processing.

In addition to processing film, most film stores will expect you to suggest additional photo products and services to all photo customers; assist customers with questions, problems, and complaints; and prioritize all customer on-site orders based on pick-up time. In short, you'll need excellent customer service skills. Retail work can become stressful if customers are waiting long. Photo lab technicians must possess patience and a pleasant personality to succeed.

Manual dexterity, good vision (with no defects in color perception), and mechanical aptitude are necessary.