Photographic Process Workers & Processing Machine Operators

Photo Lab Technician (Photographic Laboratory Technician), Photo Printer, Photo Specialist, Photo Technician

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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:
  • Select digital images for printing, specify number of images to be printed, and direct to printer, using computer software.
  • Create prints according to customer specifications and laboratory protocols.
  • Produce color or black-and-white photographs, negatives, or slides, applying standard photographic reproduction techniques and procedures.



  • customer service

Engineering and Technology

  • computers and electronics

Manufactured or Agricultural Goods

  • manufacture and distribution of products

Arts and Humanities

  • English language


Basic Skills

  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • reading work related information

Problem Solving

  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it



  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking

Hand and Finger Use

  • keep your arm or hand steady
  • hold or move items with your hands


  • pay attention to something without being distracted

Ideas and Logic

  • order or arrange things


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.

They do well at jobs that need:

  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Independence
  • Self Control
  • Cooperation
  • Integrity


You might use software like this on the job:

Graphics or photo imaging software

  • Adobe Creative Cloud software Hot Technology
  • Adobe Illustrator Hot Technology

Presentation software

  • Microsoft PowerPoint Hot Technology

Data base user interface and query software

  • Amazon Web Services AWS software Hot Technology
  • MySQL Hot Technology


Education: (rated 2 of 5)
high school diploma/GED
usually needed

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