The main responsibility of an underwater photographer is to capture images and videos of sea life, divers and artifacts submerged underwater. Many are assigned to take specific images for a client or employer, while others choose their own work with the intent to sell it to publications, galleries and clients once finished. The majority of underwater photographers work on a freelance basis, so job duties also include running all aspects of a business, including managing marketing, administrative functions, finances and IT activities.
Educational Requirements: Bachelors degree (in photography), SCUBA training to become a certified SCUBA diver, consider earning photography degrees, consider a minor in marine biology or ecology,
Requirements of the job: Knowing how to swim/dive safely *becoming certified SCUBA divers, knowing how to film at different angels, using rebreathes
Unique skills required: Knowing the underwater environment, knowing how to cope with colors underwater
Work hour requirements: Varies but anywhere from 70-80 hours per week
Benefits of this career: Get to travel and explore the deep seas! Can drop everything and take a swim whenever you please
Salary: Varies from $30-50,000 depending on level of education and job prospects
Most interesting thing: Can find underwater artifacts and new species
Biggest challenge: Capturing shots underwater at different angels and with different levels of light
Future career opportunities: A competitive job market, one must have the skills, training, and education to become successful. There is a 15% rate of people self-employed in this industry
What should be done to pursue this career: Have both creative and technical skills in a highly competitive industry. Have a passion for filmmaking and exploring underwater
Why should someone go into this career: A person should pursue this career if he/she has the creative and technical skills of filmmaking, but is also fascinated with the deep seas and marine organisms underwater.