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Robotics

What is this technology?:

Robots or robotic systems are those systems that are able to perform duties that humans are either unable to or prefer not to perform, or repetitive tasks, or, those jobs that require more precision than what a human can achieve.  Robotics is hardly a new field. Robotic systems are routinely used in manufacturing, for example on production lines. However, lately robotics is gaining lot of interest and growing at a fast pace mainly thanks to the advanced made in Computer Science and Engineering, specifically the advances in Artificial Intelligence are resulting in humanoid robots and finding use in new areas such as in restaurants and retail.

To learn more, you can check sources like YouTube or Wikipedia. We’ve found one such interesting video that explains the history of this technology. Here’s the link.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uoC2ZGRI8a8

Education and Skills: Robotics is primarily an Engineering discipline. Engineers with backgrounds in Mechanical, Electrical, or Software Engineering can enter the field of robotics and put their creativity to use. Robotics engineers may work in the agricultural, military, medical, and manufacturing industries, among others, conceiving of new uses for robots, designing improved robots for existing systems, or repairing and maintaining industrial robots, says the Princeton Review (www.princetonreview.com).

Careers: Careers in Robotics range from engineers to technicians to scientists.

A Few Companies that are in this Area:

Company Name Sample products Main focus website
Touch Bionics i-digits quantum Healthcare Touch Bionics
iRobot Roomba, Scooba Home robots iRobot
Google Driverless autonomous cars Cars Google

What kind of Jobs are available in this field?:

Here’re a few sample jobs to give an idea about the kind of the skills needed and the roles in Robotics.

Job Role Job Description Education Requirements Other Skills Source
Robotic Scientist Robotic scientists build mechanical devices to perform various tasks. Some design machines to go where humans can’t go safely, like into outer space or deep underwater. Bachelor’s degree related to Computer Science or Engineering. May require certifications in computer languages and software programs and state-specific licenses. Robotic Scientist
Robotic Technician Robot technicians perform a crucial function of robotics engineering, a field with its feet already planted in the industrial arena. Bachelor’s degree related to Computer Science or Engineering. Computer programming and electromechanical engineering skills and knowledge. Robotic Technician
Robotic Engineer Robotics engineers are responsible for designing, testing, and building robots. Bachelor’s degree, master’s degree. Unified Robotics, computer science, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, physics, calculus. Robotic Engineer

What kind of courses and degrees or certifications I can do to enter this field?:

Sample courses and certifications and degrees in Robotics are given below to get an idea.

Category Description Institute/Organization Website
Course Robotics Carnegie Mellon University Robotics Institute
Certificate Professional Certificate in Robotics Engineering Florida International University Robotics Certification
Degree or Diploma M.Sc in Robotics Bristol University Bristol University

Professional Associations or Organizations:

Here’re a few associations or organization that you can join to network with other professionals in Robotics.
Association Description Website
RIA Robotic Industries Association RIA
IFR International Federation of Robotics IFR
BARA British Automation and Robot Association BARA
ARAA Australian Robotics and Automation Association ARAA

Resources:

Here’s a few resources to learn more about Robotics and the applications of the same.

Resource Description Link
Demo Video Aldebaran Robotics founder and CEO Bruno Maisonnier demos the latest version of the Nao humanoid robot. Demo Video
Article Articles and interactive features. Article
Link to an image Robotic Description Image Link to an image
Tool or a method The Robotics Center is a cluster and DLR’s competence center for research and development in the areas of robotics Tool or a method


Augmented Reality

What is this technology?:

Augmented Reality, aka AR is an emerging technology that blends Virtual Reality (VR), Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Computer Graphics (CG).To put in simple words, AR allows a static image to come alive.  The technology is primarily based on image recognition. AR has already found quite a few commercial uses and is growing rapidly.

See the images below. Courtesy: Space 4D+ iPhone App from Octagon Studio.(https://www.octagonstudio.com/)

When we place a smart phone with the Space 4D+ application with camera facing the static image, see how the picture comes alive.

 

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Current applications of AR range from industry verticals such as education to games to entertainment to retail. AR is also used as a tool in Marketing.

Education and Skills: Augmented Reality (AR) is a software field primarily. Degree or Diploma in programming/computer science is very helpful. Good understanding of graphics, web and mobile technologies like HTML, CSS, JavaScript and exposure to a range of CMS software is needed to enter this field.

Careers: Since this is an evolving field, new roles are likely to emerge in the next 5 to 10 years. But the careers are very likely to be those of the software field like ‘developer’ ‘QA engineer’ ‘Front End Designer’ and ‘Digital Project Manager”

A Few Companies that are in this Area:

Company Name Sample products in AR area website
AR Media AR-media™ Augmented Reality Platform, ARmedia 3D SDK software AR Media
Octagon Animal 4D+, Space 4D+, Octaland 4D+ Octagon
Aurasma AR platform that allows the end users to create their own AR content Aurasma
Documobi documobiFUSE allows a cleaver marketing campaign utilizing AR technology and CRM techniques. Documobi

What kind of Jobs are available in this field?:

Core AR is primarily a software field at this time. Augmented Reality is a promising field for software professional and people in the related areas. IT professionals can learn AR technology and enter this field.

Job Role Job Description Education Requirements Other Skills
Developers AR application development typically on mobile platforms. Computer Science or related field. Understanding of AR technology, Web development skills, exposure to mobile development.
Designers Digitally design every aspect of the visual element of a given project, be a commercial or product infomercial or an educational video utilizing AR technology. Courses in digital design. Understanding of AR, working knowledge of digital design applications like Adobe Photoshop and a good portfolio of digital design work.
Digital PM or Producer This is a project management role that may require working with clients in building custom digital solutions for their marketing campaigns or their products. This role requires the ability to coordinate and manage small to big teams consisting of designers, developers, QA specialists and the client side team. Computer Science or related field or digital design experience with relevant Project Management experience. Working knowledge of PM techniques such as Agile, Lean, Waterfall etc. Prior experience in digital projects. Prior experience with AR or VR projects in some role.

What kind of courses and degrees or certifications I can do to enter this field?:

Here’re a sampling of courses and certifications and degrees in Augmented Reality, aka AR.

Category Description More Info
Courses AR platform, AR building blocks, AR User Interactions etc. Explore online courses to get an idea about the basics of AR
Degree Degree in Computer Science or related field with a focus on Image Processing or Information Visualization Visit university websites such as MIT Media Lab, University of California and University of Washington to review their courses and projects in AR.

Professional Associations or Organizations:

Here’re a few associations or organization that you can join to network with other professionals in AR.

Association Description Website
EuroVR A Europe based non-profit organization to bring together people interested in AR and VR EuroVR
AugmentedReality.Org Is a non-profit platform for people interested in AR or AR start-ups to learn, network and connect via events, conferences and MeetUps. AugmentedReality.Org
AREA AR for Enterprise Alliance is a global member-based non-profit organization, that is (as per their website) “dedicated to widespread adoption of interoperable AR-enabled enterprise systems.” AREA

Resources:

Here’s a few resources to learn more about AR technology and the applications of the same.

Resource Description Link
Demo Video AR demo video from the company ‘current’ Demo Video
Article Link to an article on AR Article
Tool or a method Discussion on developer tools for Augmented Reality Tool or a method


3D Printing

What is this technology?:

3D printers make three dimensional objects by printing them layer by layer , aka additive manufacturing technique using a 3D design. As opposed to 2D printers, which are widely in use, which print text or graphics on a paper, 3D printers actually make physical objects like mugs, mechanical arms, small figures etc. Recent advances in 3D printing made it possible to shrink the size of the 3D printers to that of a desktop printer size and hence making their way for home use. At the same time, industrial use of 3D printers is growing due to the possibility of less waste, increased precision and the ability to mass customize. 3D printing is finding it’s use from healthcare to manufacturing to consumer goods.

You can 3D print a shoe or a cake or even an organ these days. 3D printing is expected to revolutionize the manufacturing industry in the next few years to come. This technology is growing at a rapid pace and new jobs and careers are created in 3D printing at a breath taking speed.

To learn more, you can check sources like YouTube or Wikiperdia. We’ve found one such interesting video on YouTube about 3D Printing.  Here’s the link.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vx0Z6LplaMU&feature=youtu.be

A Few Companies that are in this Area:

Company Name Sample Products Main Focus Website
Stratasys (This is a 3D Printing Solutions Company) Shaping young Hearts: Stratasys helps a Surgeon save more kids. Link:Stratasys They claim to be at the forefront of 3D Printing innovation and help in shaping our world to become simpler through their work. Stratasys
Shapeways (3D Printing Service and Marketplace) This shop enables people to make, shop, sell and connect 3D objects such as accessories in their market place. Example; Shapeways They enable everyone to bring their ideas to life with the help of 3D printing. Shapeways
MakerBot Compact 3D Printer, MakerBot filament 3D printers and tools MakerBot

What kind of Jobs are available in this field?:

Here’re a few sample jobs to give an idea about the kind of skills are needed and the roles in 3D Printing.

Job Role Job Description Education Requirements Other Skills Source
Firmware Engineer Responsible for design of electronic hardware and code for 3D Printers Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science or related field. • VHDL and Verilog HDL (multiple Hardware Description Language knowledge)
• high-speed serial communication
• I2C
• CAN Network
• 3D Printing
Firmware Engineer
3D Printing Designers Responsible for creating computer designs for a given object that can be 3D printed. Like a mug, a shoe, an aircraft wing part etc. Degree or diploma in design with a special focus on design tools like CAD. Should have an understanding of 3D printing, experience in 3D design and a basic understanding of CAD software and slicing programs. 3D Printing Designers
Embedded Software Engineer Responsible for architecture, design, development and testing of embedded software and firmware BS in Computer Engineering, Computer Science or Electrical Engineering Embedded systems programing Embedded Software Engineer
3D Printing Scientist Responsible for coming up with new processes or new products in 3D printing technology Usually requires Masters degree in Engineering or Design to conduct further research in the field Should have good understand of 3D printing process, materials used. Should have aptitude for innovation and creativity. 3D Printing Scientist

What kind of courses and degrees or certifications I can do to enter this field?:

Here’re a sampling of courses and certifications and degrees in 3D Printing.

Category Description Institute/Organization Website
Course 3D Printing and Biofabrication Course Utrecht University, Faculty of Medicine (UU) UtrechtSummerSchool
Certificate 3D printing testing and certification UL is a global independent safety science company 3D Printing Testing Certification
Online course 3D Printing Essentials Microsoft Virtual Academy Microsoft

Professional Associations or Organizations:

Here’re a few associations or organization that you can join to network with other professionals in 3D Printing

Association Description Website
3DPA The 3D Printing Association 3DPA
Association of 3D Printing Association of 3D Printing Association of 3D Printing
AMSI Addictive Manufacturing Society of India AMSI

Resources:

Here’s a few resources to learn more about 3D printing and the applications of the same.

Resource Description Link
Mashable Explains: YouTube Channel What is 3D Printing and how does it work? Video & Channel
Harvard Business Review 3D printing will Change the world, by Richard A. D’Aveni HBR
Goembed Block Diagram of DLP 3D Printer Goembed
3D Printer Produces a solid 3D image from a Designed Digital File 3D Printer


Nano Technology

What is this technology?:

Nanotechnology is science, engineering, and technology conducted at the nanoscale, which is about 1 to 100 nanometers.A nanometer is one-billionth of a meter. Nanoscience and nanotechnology can be used across all the other science fields, such as chemistry, biology, physics, materials science, and engineering.(Definition from http://www.nano.gov/)

As the application of this technology in our daily lives is growing so the opportunities for careers in this field are expanding rapidly.

To learn more, you can check sources like YouTube or Wikipedia. We’ve found one such interesting video that explains what is this technology about. Here’s the link.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOqEk440JZ8

 

Education and Skills:Nanotechnology is an interdisciplinary field mainly dealing with Science and Engineering. Good foundation in either of these fields can help you gain entry into the Nano Technology field. Not every role will require a Ph.D. Even a high school diploma with relevant certification may help someone fetch a job in this field as technicians or other related roles. People with high school diplomas, a dree, post graduate education or Ph.Ds all are going to contribute to the growth of this field.

Careers:Since this is an evolving field, new roles are likely to emerge in the next 5 to 10 years. But the careers in this field are likely to range from Nanotechnology technicians to engineers to scientists to entrepreneurs and many more related fields.

A Few Companies that are in this Area:

Company Name Sample products Main focus website
Nanotech ultra-precision machining systems Diamond Tuning,Micro-Grinding,Micro-Milling & Glass Press Molding Nanotech
zyvextech aerospace, automotive, marine, industrial and sporting equipment industries Nano-engineered materials Zyvextech

What kind of Jobs are available in this field?:

Here’re a few sample jobs to give an idea about the kind of the skills needed and the roles in Nanotechnology.

Job Role Job Description Education Requirements Other Skills Source
Medical Scientists Medical scientists and technicians plan to use nanotechnology for various patient treatments, such as delivering potential cures or repairing cellular damage. Medical degree, Ph.D., or both Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems. MedicalNewsToday
Food Scientists and Technologists Professionals in the food science industry plan to apply nanotechnology throughout the stages of food production, processing and quality control. Bachelor’s or graduate degree FST Journal
Electrical Engineers Engineers utilize nanotechnology for many purposes, such as designing computer components, creating explosive-resistant materials and building microscopic sensors. Bachelor’s degree Need practical scientific skills and an eye for detail. wyzant

What kind of courses and degrees or certifications I can do to enter this field?:

Sample courses and certifications and degrees in Nano Technology are given below to get an idea.
Category Description Institute/Organization Website
Course The programme at the Amity Institute of Nanotechnology comprises of conceptual knowledge of nanoscience and nanotechnology Amity Institute of Nanotechnology Amity Edu
Certificate Nanotechnology certificate Harvard Extension School Nano Technology Certificate
Degree or Diploma B.S., M.S. Microelectronic Engineering, Rochester Institute of Technology RIT Edu

Professional Associations or Organizations:

Here’re a few associations or organization that you can join to network with other professionals in NanoTechnoloy.

Association Description Website
NIA Nanotechnology Industries Association NIA
IAN International Association of Nanotechnology IAN
ANNA Asian Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Association ANNA
ENNA European Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Association ENNA

Resources:

Here’s a few resources to learn more about Nano Technology and the applications of the same.

Resource Description Link
Demo Video Invisibility cloaks, bulletproof suits and cancer cures, we enter the minuscule world of nanotechnology with these 10 awesome facts. Demo Video
Article An article by National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Networkcompany describing the new product line Article
Link to an image Product or technology description in images Link to an image
Tool or a method Techniques and tools used in Nanotechnology span from traditional methods to using new technological advances in the field. Tool or a method


Interior Designer

Description:

Interior design involves all aspects of planning and execution of the task of decorating the interiors of a space, be it a home, or office or a temporary exhibit or a commercial establishment.

There is no well-defined career path or structure for interior design career.  Many interior designers are self employed and they are usually compensated either by hour or by a given project. They need to build reputation over a period, typically over a few years and a number of projects to command high compensation. However there are reputed firms and companies in the interior design field where the new entrants can work and gain experience.

Education:  Degree or diploma in relevant field like Interior Design, Architecture or Fashion and Interior Design.

Skills:

  1. Technical skills especially the ability to use design related tools like AutoCAD etc.
  2. Good creativity and imagination especially spatial awareness is a must.
  3. Ability to work under pressure and attention to detail.
  4. Client facing skills especially excellent communication and negotiation and persuasion skills are needed.

Disclaimer_DILO:

This is a fictitious calendar of an Interior Designer  work schedule and is meant to give an idea of the different tasks that the professional performs and different people that the professional needs to coordinate with.

This DILO or the Work Scheduleof an Interior Designer may differ from organization to organization and context.

Given below is a typical Day In The Life of an Interior Designer,

Context DILO:

 A freelance interior designer having her own boutique with a showroom in an upscale part of the town.

DILO, Day In The Life of:

Time Task
9:00 am – 10:00 am Check emails. Review interior design websites and magazines. Make notes on new trends
10:00am – 12:00 noon Meeting with a client getting their house remodeled. Plan is approved. Going over the catalogue and a few pieces of the furniture and the decorative items in the show room to finalize the fixtures in the house.
12:00 noon – 2:00 pm Working lunch with a new corporate client. Go over the previous work done for other corporate clients and discuss the needs of this new client.
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Head to the show villa in a new development. Check the furniture that’s arrived. Identify the issues with the order. Get the furniture and fixtures arranged in the villa.
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm Meeting with the development manager to review the decoration plan for the proposed club house in the development. Discuss the European theme.
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Head back to the show room. Sell a few items to tourists. Calls with vendors. Close the show room and head back home.

Career Ladder:

Exact career path, Interior Designer career ladder, i.e. career progression may change from organization to organization, but below is a typical path.

Sample career ladder for Interior Designer career path is given below.

Career Ladder Image:

InteriorDesignerCareerLadder

Description For Certifications:

Links to Certifications or Credentials for Interior Designer career path, that are usually offered by Professional Organizations that certify, can potentially help in climbing up the career ladder. A few Interior Designer certifications are given below,

Professional Certifications or Credentials:

Certification Description Career Level Certifying Body
NCIDQ Examination National Council for Interior Design Qualification Entry Level Council for Interior Design Qualification
C.I.D Certification Program Certified Interior Decorator Course Entry/Professional Certified Interior Decorators International

Description For Associations:

Links to Associations for Interior Designer career, that can also be identified as Professional Organizations, can potentially help in networking with other professional in the field and to learn the latest developments in the field. A few Interior Designer associations are given below.

Professional Associations or Organizations:

Association Description More Info
Bonfire INSTITUTE Of DESIGN Bonfire Institute of Design Bonfire INSTITUTE Of DESIGN
IIDA International Interior Design Association IIDA
IDS Interior Design Society IDS

Interior Designer Tools:

Links to a few Tools/Techniques (Also called Career Management Tools or Career Tools) and Methods (Also called Career Method Tools or Techniques) that the professionals in that career path tend to use, like this:

Tool Purpose More info
Room Sketcher As their website describes, Room Sketcher is a powerful interior designer software that helps him/her design a space the way they wish. Room Sketcher
Home Designer Software This is yet another software that helps an interior designer create a space they like based on the project they’ve taken up. Home Designer Software
3D Dream An Online 3D room planner software that helps an interior designer get a more detailed idea about his/her plan. 3D Dream
Manual Tools • Triangular Scale Rule
• Parallel Motion Drawing Board
• A3 Portfolio Sleeves
• Tracing Paper
• White Paper
• Rotating Color Wheel
• Pastel Pencils
• Artists’ Pastels
• Professional Interior Designer Kit
• Hard Edge Rubber
• Pens/Pencils/Rulers/Sharpeners
• Tape
•Cutting Mat
• Foam Boards
• Set Squares etc.

Interior Designer Methods:

Links to a few Methods (Also called Career Method Tools or Techniques) and Tools/Techniques (Also called Career Management Tools or Career Tools) that the professionals in that career path tend to use, like this:

Method Description
Planning Usually planning involves a simple layout of how and what goes where in the space that requires designing. Consider lighting, ventilation, flooring etc.
Evaluation and Consideration Review and verify the design to ensure that the plan adheres to safety and rules and regulations.
Designing Using the graphical tools, prepare a sketch of the rooms by showing where each piece of the furniture goes.

Interior Designer Experts:


Production Designer

Description:

Production Designer Job Description:Production Designers work mainly for the Film and Television Industry. Production design team is the one that ensures that the director’s vision is turned into a visual reality. They manage the art department and they are involved from pre-production to post-production stage, from estimating the budgets for art department to creating the sets to choosing the locations to making of video games and advertising. The director depends solely on the Production Designer and their team to create the look and feel of the film.

Production Designers usually work as freelancers and follow no set daily routines. This a very demanding career in terms of time and effort needed. But the creative aspect of the work is very appealing.

Education: Bachelor’s Degree focusing on film related fields such as ‘Fine Arts and Visual Arts’, ‘Graphic Design and Illustration”. ‘Interior Design’, ‘Theatre Design’, ‘3D Design’, or ‘Architecture’ etc. is very useful to become a Production Designer.

 

Skills:

Production Designers should

·         Have an aptitude for great visuals and should be an expert in art and design techniques like drawing, photography, lighting etc.

·         Should be able to use latest software applications like design programs etc.

·         Should be able to estimate the budgets for sets and location preparation and other related tasks.

·         Should be excellent leaders and must have the ability to put together a creative team and manage the entire art work for a project with-in budget.

Disclaimer_DILO:

This is a fictitious calendar of a Production Designer  work schedule and is meant to give an idea of the different tasks that the professional performs and different people that the professional needs to coordinate with.

This DILO or the Work Scheduleof a Production Designer may differ from organization to organization and context.

Given below is a typical Day In The Life of a Production Designer.

Context DILO:

A production designer working on a large project that is in pre-production stage.

DILO, Day In The Life of:

TIME TASK
8:00 AM -10:00 AM Research on the possible locations and props based on the script.
10:00 am -12 noon Preparing for the noon meeting. Sit with the senior members of the team and review the production plan.
12:00 noon – 2:00 pm Working lunch. Meeting with the director and producer to discuss the production plan and proposed locations and required sets and props.
02:00 PM-04:00 PM Draft estimate of the production budget.
04:0 PM-07:00 PM Meeting with the team and assigning the tasks. Discuss a few ideas about the design.
07:00 PM- 09:30 PM Working with the team and come up with a high level production design plan and schedule for set design and construction. Leave for home.

Career Ladder:

Exact career path, i.e. Production Designer career ladder, i.e. career progression may change from organization to organization.

Sample career ladder for Production Designer career path is given below.

Career Ladder Image:

ProductionDesignerCareerLadder.jpg

Description For Certifications:

Links to Certifications or Credentials for Production Designer career path, that are usually offered by Professional Organizations that certify, can potentially help in climbing up the career ladder. A few Production Designer certifications are given below.

Professional Certifications or Credentials:

Certification Description Career Level Certifying Body
M.F.A in Production Design Masters in Fine Arts in Production Design Entry Level/Expert/Professional Chapman University
MA in Production Design Masters in Production Design Professional National Film and Television School

Description For Associations:

Links to Associations for Production Designer career, that can also be identified as Professional Organizations, can potentially help in networking with other professional in the field and to learn the latest developments in the field. A few Production Designer associations are given below.

Professional Associations or Organizations:

Association Description More Info
ADG Art Director’s Guild ADG
Design in India Design in India Design in India
CSD Chartered Society Of Designers CSD

Production Designer Tools:

Links to a few Tools/Techniques (Also called Career Management Tools or Career Tools) and Methods (Also called Career Method Tools or Techniques) that the professionals in that career path tend to use, like this:

Tool Purpose More info
Basic Tools like, pencils, Rulers, compasses, erasers, etc. These most basic tools are the best way for the production designer to explain in sketch his whole designs.
Visual Design Tools: Film, Photography, Sketches, etc. These kinds of tools are most helpful because they give the team the exact idea of what the story looks like. Like a picture can recall the exact location etc.
Verbal Tools: Metaphors, Descriptions, Calculations, Discussions etc. These help in creating an understanding of what an idea is among the entire Production Design Team. For example, discussions help the Production Designer gather more ideas and also help him put across his points.
Graphic Tools: • Computer Aided Design (CAD) •
Autodesk Inventor •
DSS SolidWorks •
Pro Engineer etc.

Production Designer Methods:

Links to a few Methods (Also called Career Method Tools or Techniques) and Tools/Techniques (Also called Career Management Tools or Career Tools) that the professionals in that career path tend to use, like this:

Method Description
Script Review Read through the script, understand the visual aspects of the story.
Research Conduct a thorough research to plan the sets, locations and other visual aspects that the script requires to plan the budget, schedule and the tasks.
Designing Create overall look and feel of the project using technical drawings, color schemes, lighting schemes, sets designs etc. Should be able to put together a team with the relevant skills accordingly.
Leading the team through execution Lead and manage the team to finalize the locations, put together the sets etc….

Production Designer Experts:


Photography

Description:

Many photographers work as free lancers, but a few also work full time for big media outlets. Photographers tend to specialize in one vertical such as commercial, family, sports, films, travel, scientific, nature, weddings and more. With the advent of digital technology in photography, taking up Photography as a career requires additional effort to differentiate one from the amateurs. Photography as in integral field in art industry from Films to Media outlets. There is not set career path for photography, but one can start behind camera and grow into related fields like art direction etc. in some industries like Film.

Education:

Although one can become a professional photographer based on personal efforts and relevant certifications, Bachelors degree in Arts with major in photography can help in providing more options for a career and for advancement;

Skills:

Professional Photographers should have both technical as well as non-technical skills.

  •  Technical skills like knowing camera, understanding lighting and color techniques etc. is a must.
  •  Editing skills. Digital photography opened many opportunities for the photographers to create fabulous photos using digital editing techniques.
  •  Marketing skills is a must for freelance photographers. Should be able to present the portfolio in different formats. Online presence is expected. Should be able to  utilize social media like Instagram, YouTube etc. for marketing.
  • People skills. Photographers should have good listening skills to understand the needs of the customers and work with them to create a product that is satisfying.  Should be able to offer post instructions.

Disclaimer_DILO:

This is a fictitious calendar of a Photography  work schedule and is meant to give an idea of the different tasks that the professional performs and different people that the professional needs to coordinate with.

This DILO or the Work Scheduleof a Photography may differ from organization to organization and context.

Given below is a typical Day In The Life of a Photography

Context DILO:

A freelance photographer working with a school for family portrait day.

DILO, Day In The Life of:

Time Task
8:00 am-9:00 am Get the camera equipment ready. Check with the assistant photographer the schedule for the day
9:00 am -10:00 am Reach school. Set up the photography room. Check background and lighting and prepare 2 sets, one for the family pictures and the other for the solo kids pictures.
10:00 am – 4:00 pm Take pictures of the families giving pose instructions and taking pictures in multiple angles.
4:00 pm Leave for home
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm Select the pictures for further editing. Edit pictures. Upload the selected few to the website for the customers to choose, pay and download.

Career Ladder:

Exact career path, Photography career ladder, i.e. career progression may change from organization to organization, but below is a typical path. Sample career ladder for Photography career path is given below.

Career Ladder Image:

PhotographyCareerLadder.jpg

Description For Certifications:

Links to Certifications or Credentials for Photography career path, that are usually offered by Professional Organizations that certify, can potentially help in climbing up the career ladder. A few Photography certifications are given below,

Professional Certifications or Credentials:

Certification Description Career Level Certifying Body
BDA Bachelor in Digital Cinematography Entry Level It include film making foundations, digital video technology, and video output.
BIACP Bachelor of fine Arts Commercial Photography Entry Level A degree in fine arts can prepare students for careers in the visual arts or the performing arts.
MSFP Master of Fine Arts in Film Production Professional developed for aspiring professionals who want to discover strategies and production planning procedures for creating high-quality films

Description For Associations:

Links to Associations for Photography career, that can also be identified as Professional Organizations, can potentially help in networking with other professional in the field and to learn the latest developments in the field. A few Photography associations are given below.

Professional Associations or Organizations:

Association Description More Info
APHE Association for Photography in higher Education APHE
AOP Association of Photographers AOP
AIPP Australian Institute of Professional Photography AIPP
BIPP British Institute of Professional Photography BIPP
IAPP International Association of Panoramic Photographer IAPP

Photography Tools:

Links to a few Tools/Techniques (Also called Career Management Tools or Career Tools) and Methods (Also called Career Method Tools or Techniques) that the professionals in that career path tend to use, like this:

Tool Purpose More info
Tripod & Ball Head Most new photographers understand what a tripod is: a set of legs that can be attached to the bottom of your camera body or the bottom of your lens to support your gear while you shoot.
Camera GEAR
Cameras A camera is an optical instrument for recording images, which may be stored locally, transmitted to another location, or both.
Editing software Applications like Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and Creative Suite allow photographers to transform images to different colors, edit the backgrounds etc.

Photography Methods:

Links to a few Methods (Also called Career Method Tools or Techniques) and Tools/Techniques (Also called Career Management Tools or Career Tools) that the professionals in that career path tend to use, like this:

Method Description
HDR HDR is an extremely sought out effect used by photographers. It allows a greater dynamic range of exposures, which is the range of values between light and dark areas, than standard digital imaging techniques or photographic methods.
High speed photography High speed photography is basically a technique of capturing pictures with a remarkably quick shutter speed. For an average everyday shooting with standard zooms, a speed over 1/20 to 1/125 second will prevent camera shake.
Bokeh Photography This technique consists in producing subjectively pleasing blur and out-of-focus areas by playing with focus and the way lens renders out-of-focus points of light.
Soft Focused Photography Soft focus is produced by using a special lens that creates soft outlines in a slightly blurred image that retains sharp edges. This style is often described as a dreamy or glamorous style that’s widely used for fashion and wedding photos.
Fisheye Photography Utilizing a circular fisheye lens with a 180° view, photographers can produce some really interesting and intriguing results with a highly unusual perspective on small or inaccessible spaces.
Pinhole Photography This technique can go without any high-end costly equipment to get beautiful results. A pinhole camera is actually a simple camera without a lens and with a single small aperture.

Photography Experts: