Professional Photographers - Men or Woman?
Ok, this is kind of off the wall but I need a question answered. I was in a class last night where a classmate stated that the majority of professional photographers are men. I disagreed but we agreed to find the supporting data either way. Do any of you know where this type of job statistical info is located. I just can't find!
John A. Lind
Hope you didn't place a bet on it.
The U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, shows the following "annual average" for "photographers" during calendar year 2001 in their "Employed persons by detailed occupation, sex, race, and Hispanic origin" statistics (which also shows percentage of women and blacks):
The data is gathered a number of times throughout a year to capture seasonal information. The "annual average" is the mean of all the surveys conducted during calendar year 2001. I doubt you will see calendar year 2002 data until later this year.
Here's where I found and retrieved it on-line; took about 5 minutes, but I knew where to start looking:
I found the "text" version of this publication on this web page; "Characteristics of the Employed," item number 11:
Occupation code for photographers is: 27-4021
It is defined as including those that:
FWIW, the percentage of women in the profession within the U.S. fits into the ballpark of what I've observed: nearly balanced, but not quite as many women as men. Personally, I don't think gender matters. What is important?
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