Degtjarewsky attended California State University at Los Angeles, where he earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering in 1965.
He has been a photography instructor in California at Orange Coast College in Orange since 1974, at Mount Saint Antonio College in Pomona since 1979 and at several workshops in Yosemite. During the years 1975-76 and 1978 he taught at Santa Ana College. He also works as a contributing U.S. correspondent for Color Foto Journal in Munich, Germany.
He is a member of SPE, Friends of Photography, the Los Angeles Center for Photographic Studies and Cameravision in Los Angeles.