Learn about the types of people who become photojournalists. This page goes into detail about the employment, gender, and ethnic ratios of the workplace.


Employment Type Mix, 2024

46% of photojournalists work in full-time roles while 54% work part-time.


Gender Mix By Career Interest, 2024

This graph shows the distribution of females and males that are interested in becoming a photojournalist. Four or five star ratings on CareerExplorer indicate interest.

More women than men are interested in becoming photojournalists at a ratio of 1.37 to 1.


Actual Gender Mix, 2024

58% of photojournalists are female and 42% are male.


Gender Bias, 2024

This is one of the most compelling statistics we collect. Gender bias shows the difference between gender interest in being a photojournalist and the actual gender mix of people in the career.

If there is a significant difference, then it means there is a gender imbalance between those interested in becoming a photojournalist and those who end up becoming one.


Ethnic Mix, 2019

The largest ethnic group of photojournalists are White, making up 54% of the population. The next highest segments are Black or African American and Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish, making up 12% and 10% respectively.