Photography: Potential Careers | Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Photography: Potential Careers

MCAD Career Development can help you find work and help employers find you. In addition to job listings, the staff is available to meet one-on-one with students and alumni to assist with career development. Services include assistance writing and editing resumes, cover letters, and other professional correspondences; career exploration and industry research; interviewing practice; networking strategies; and industry-specific practices.

Fine Art Photographer

Sells work to individuals, galleries, interior designers, architects, libraries, community centers, churches, banks, hotels, government, and elsewhere on a freelance basis or by commission. Enjoys a creative freedom not generally allowed to freelance or staff photographers.

Freelance Photographer

Works on a job-by-job basis, making their own schedule and choosing different types of projects. Specializes in areas such as portraits, aerial photography, weddings, food, sports, or fashion.

Medical or Forensic Photographer

Documents medical symptoms, patient progress, crime scenes and evidence, and autopsy results. Help to have an education or experience in criminal justice.


Documents history with a camera by photographing newsworthy people, places, or events. Works for a website, newspaper, journal, magazine, or television network, producing powerful photographs that capture the facts of the story.

Staff Photographer

Produces images for websites, magazines, advertisements, brochures, catalogs, corporate reports, publishers, architects, or other individuals and businesses who want an event documented or an image conveyed for a specific thought or story.

Studio Owner

Owns and operates independent studios or divisions of a larger firm, such as an advertising agency or a marketing division of a large corporation. Requires business savvy in addition to artistic talents.