Photography & Digital Imaging

As with any career path, getting a job is a job. The Center for Career Services’ personnel at Ringling College of Art and Design are available to help students with career preparation when a student seeks assistance.

In addition to talent and persistence, the utilization of the Center for Career Services' programs and resources should result in the first step towards a successful career in the world of art and design.

The list below indicates the types of career paths which could be pursued upon graduation from Ringling College of Art and Design as a Photography + Digital Imaging major.

Some of these occupations may require additional training, certification, education or experience. The Center for Career Services can provide information and resources relating to these career options.

Popular Career Options in Photography & Digital Imaging:

  1. Freelance or Staff Photographer [Institutional, Corporate, Museum]
  2. Commercial Studio Owner
  3. Digital Imaging / Photo or Transparency Retoucher 
  4. Photo Stock Agency Owner or Employee
  5. Video Photographer / Film or Video Editor
  6. Photographic Sales 
  7. Professional Imaging Representative 
  8. Archivist / Documentation Specialist
  9. Offset Photography Lithographer 
  10. Cinematographer [may require further study]

Ringling College hosts dozens of recruiters annually from the biggest name companies around the country. While on campus, these recruiters typically offer a presentation open to students in all class years which details what they are looking for in potential new hires. In addition, they review portfolios and interview prospective employees and interns.

Information on upcoming recruiter visits is posted on College Central.  As a Ringling College student, you can set up an account on our system to post your resumé, and search 1000's of part-time, full-time, freelance and temporary employment opportunities and internships. There is no cost for this service and our resources are available to you when you become a Ringling College graduate from wherever and whenever needed.

We think you'll agree with dozens of recruiters around the country that Ringling College students and alumni are ready for the workforce!

For more information on careers for Photography & Digital Imaging, see the proof.

Some examples of where PDI Alumni have been hired:

Primary Business Organization Name - Position

Jason Rogers Photography - Owner/ Principal

Astric and Rene Photography - President

U.S. Navy - Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class

Fusion Academy - Director of First Impressions and Art Teacher

Beau Blackburn Photography - Owner / Photographer

Giuliano Bekor Photography - Art & Editorial Director - Photo Editor and Production Artist

Wishlist Vintage - Photographer

Luther North College Prep - Marketing and Communications Coordinator

Saks Fifth Avenue - Graphic Artists/Photo Technician

Bealls - Photographer/Sr. Digital Image Tech

lululemon athletica - Educator

ROOT (EQ) - Night Manager

Wilmette Park District - Freelance Photographer

Peace Love World, LLC - Assistant Art Director

Sorcha Art - Photographer, Retoucher, Fine Artist, Model

Quincy College - Digital Photography Instructor

Global Memories Inc - Production Manager & Photographer

Studio One to One - Photographer

360 image design - Owner

Management Artists - Office Manager

LIPMAN - Brand Producer

The Sagami Group, LLC - Freelance Photo Producer

Midwest Talent Management - Manager

Morgan Stanley - Senior Retoucher

Argonaut Productions - Principal

ASMP: The American Society of Media Photographers - Treasurer

Bonnier Publications - Senior Staff Photographer

571 Projects - Special Projects Manager

eDrop Off - Photographer

Obeo Inc. - Photographer