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Occupational Employment Statistics


DETAILED OCCUPATION DATA

51-9151 Photographic Process Workers and Processing Machine Operators



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.

Geography Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Mean10th25thMedian75th90th
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 47072$17.40/hr$14.94/hr$15.42/hr$15.43/hr$19.54/hr$19.58/hr


IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
ManufacturingN/AN/A
Trade, Transportation and UtilitiesN/AN/A
Professional and Business Services250$15.26/hr
Leisure and HospitalityN/AN/A
Other ServicesN/A$15.43/hr
Public AdministrationN/AN/A
 
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Central Minnesota N/AN/AN/A
Northeast Minnesota N/AN/AN/A
Northwest Minnesota N/AN/AN/A
Southeast Minnesota N/AN/AN/A
Southwest Minnesota N/AN/AN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Rochester MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
St Cloud MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Northwest Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Northeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Southwest Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Southeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 470$15.43/hr-26.1%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 480$15.43/hrN/A
Minnesota 510$15.43/hr-24.4%


Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Printing Press Operators 6,250$19.98/hr-9.5%
Office Machine Operators, Except Computer 890$20.80/hr-14.0%
Print Binding and Finishing Workers 1,620$19.89/hr-17.1%


  • Monitor equipment operation to detect malfunctions.
  • 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.
  • Maintain records, such as quantities or types of processing completed, materials used, or customer charges.
  • Produce color or black-and-white photographs, negatives, or slides, applying standard photographic reproduction techniques and procedures.
  • Thread filmstrips through densitometers or sensitometers and expose film to light to determine density of film, necessary color corrections, or light sensitivity.
  • Examine drawings, negatives, or photographic prints to determine coloring, shading, accenting, or other changes required for retouching or restoration.
  • Examine quality of film fades or dissolves for potential color corrections, using color analyzers.
  • Load circuit boards, racks or rolls of film, negatives, or printing paper into processing or printing machines.
  • Immerse film, negatives, paper, or prints in developing solutions, fixing solutions, and water to complete photographic development processes.