5 Career Paths for Budding International Photographers


Photography is often seen as a hobby rather than a worthwhile career path. Yet there are a number of worthwhile career paths to explore, each of which involves its own distinct training. Commercial, travel, and scientific photography are each separate industries with their own needs. International students in particular can excel at photography. Many of these career pathways involve global travel and an independent work ethic, which are both built up during study abroad experiences. If you're thinking about pursuing photography as more than just a pastime, think about whether any of the following career paths may be a good fit.


“… a worthwhile career path.”

1.  Photojournalism

Those who have a keen eye for detail and like putting themselves in the heart of the action might want to pursue a photojournalism career. This involves taking photos of newsworthy events as they happen, whether it's a massive protest or a hostage standoff. Photojournalists often find themselves in dangerous or politically controversial events, which is where the best shots tend to be. For those who are quick-thinking and have the nose for a story, photojournalism can be an extremely rewarding career. 


“… the heart of the action …”

2. Travel Photography

Have you been bitten by the travel bug? Many international students find that once they've experienced life in a foreign country as a student, they long for more extensive travel. For photography students, this could lead to a career as a travel photographer. Competition is fierce in this industry, but if you have savvy people skills and the ability to blend into your environment, you may be able to capture award-winning photos for travel magazines or hospitality brochures.


“… bitten by the travel bug?”