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Photographic Process Workers & Processing Machine Operators

Also called: Lab Technician, Photo Lab Technician (Photographic Laboratory Technician), Photo Specialist, Photo Technician

Where in the military? In the military: see titles from the Army, Marine Corps, or Navy.

What they do:
Perform work involved in developing and processing photographic images from film or digital media. May perform precision tasks such as editing photographic negatives and prints.
On the job, you would:
  • Create prints according to customer specifications and laboratory protocols.
  • Examine developed prints for defects, such as broken lines, spots, or blurs.
  • Fill tanks of processing machines with solutions such as developer, dyes, stop-baths, fixers, bleaches, or washes.


  • customer service
Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • manufacture and distribution of products
Engineering and Technology
  • computers and electronics
Arts and Humanities
  • English language


Basic Skills
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


Hand and Finger Use
  • keep your arm or hand steady
  • put together small parts with your fingers
  • listen and understand what people say
  • read and understand what is written


People interested in this work like activities that include data, detail, and regular routines.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Cooperation
  • Initiative
  • Integrity
  • Self Control


You might use software like this on the job:

Graphics or photo imaging software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop software
  • Apple Aperture software
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel
Desktop publishing software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe InDesign
  • Microsoft Publisher


Education: (rated 2 of 5)

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Job Outlook

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