Job prospects Photographer in Nova Scotia

Explore current and future job prospects for people working as a "photographer" in Nova Scotia or Canada.

Job opportunities in Nova Scotia

Note: These outlooks were updated on November 29th, 2023. Learn more about our methodology.

Prospects over the next 3 years


The employment outlook will be limited for Photographers (NOC 53110) in Nova Scotia for the 2023-2025 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to a few new positions.
  • Not many positions will become available due to retirements.

The move to digital photography has dramatically changed the landscape for photographers. Some of the work traditionally done may now overlap with the work of others, such as graphic artists and journalists. The increased use of graphics and advances in personal photo technology are expected to limit growth in the occupation, in addition to a struggling print media industry. Openings occur on occassion in photo studios in boxstores. As well, freelance work is common among photographers. Opportunities may depend on having a solid portfolio and good reputation.

Here are some key facts about Photographers in Nova Scotia:

  • Approximately 400 people worked in this occupation in May 2021.
  • Photographers mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Other professional, scientific and technical services (NAICS 5414, 5416-5419): 82%
  • The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
    • Full-time workers: 57% compared to 82% for all occupations
    • Part-time workers: 42% compared to 18% for all occupations
  • 42% of photographers work all year, while 57% work only part of the year, compared to 62% and 38% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 37 weeks compared to 42 weeks for all occupations.
  • 75% of photographers are self-employed compared to an average of 11% for all occupations.
  • The gender distribution of people in this occupation is:
    • Men: 46% compared to 51% for all occupations
    • Women: 54% compared to 49% for all occupations
  • The educational attainment of workers in this occupation is:
    • no high school diploma: less than 5% compared to 10% for all occupations
    • high school diploma or equivalent: 33% compared to 27% for all occupations
    • apprenticeship or trades certificate or diploma: 6% compared to 12% for all occupations
    • college certificate or diploma or university certificate below bachelor's: 34% compared to 22% for all occupations
    • bachelor's degree: 19% compared to 20% for all occupations
    • university certificate, degree or diploma above bachelor level: 6% compared to 10% for all occupations

Breakdown by region

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Location Job prospects
Annapolis Valley Region Undetermined
Cape Breton Region Undetermined
Halifax Region Undetermined
North Shore Region Undetermined
Southern Region Undetermined

Source Labour Market Information | Prospects Methodology

Labour market conditions over the next 10 years

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