Photographers can have a range of roles, from documenting collections to manipulating digital images and managing digitisation projects.

A photographer starting out on a career in museums photography should be educated to at least HND level - from a good department and with a strong portfolio - and while recruits are not always graduates, this is the norm.

Salaries vary across the country and with the size of the museums, but tend to average between £13,000 and £25,000.

Keeping up with new technology is a major problem for all regional museums without major investment opportunities. Digital equipment, like all electronic equipment, becomes obsolete within weeks of release and has very little second hand value.

It is very difficult to find people with good all round knowledge and skills - that is competence in both image capture and image manipulation software, so if you can learn a wide range of skills, you will be more employable.

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