Other technical and co-ordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting and the performing arts (NOC 5226)

About this job

This occupational group includes a range of technical, coordinating and supervisory workers who coordinate and perform specific activities for television, radio and motion picture productions, news broadcasts, theatre and stage productions, and other live or recorded productions.

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People in this group:

  • work for television and radio stations and networks, recording studios, motion picture and video production companies, concert promoters and theatre, stage and dance companies
  • should have good interpersonal skills
  • should have the ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • should be technically and mechanically inclined and have strong organizational skills
  • should also be creative and able to follow detailed instructions
Common job titles
  • co-ordinator, broadcasting
  • co-ordinator, optical effects
  • co-ordinator, production
  • production co-ordinator - video games
  • production co-ordinator - visual effects
  • property master / custodian
  • co-ordinator, broadcasting
  • co-ordinator, optical effects
  • co-ordinator, production
  • co-ordinator, stunt
  • costumer - costume maker / supervisor
  • director, exterior shooting / floor dir.

Earnings

Annual provincial median salary

$56,311

Source: 2016 Job Bank Wage data

Note:Estimated median employment income based on 2016 Job Bank median hourly wage rate (median annual salary = hourly wage rate x 40 (hours per week) x 52.14 (weeks per year))

Provincial hourly rate

  • High
  • Median
  • Low

Source: 2016 Job Bank Wage Report

Duties

Floor managers:

  • coordinate camera operators and other technical staff, and cue announcers, actors and performers during news broadcasts and television program tapings

Key grips:

  • supervise grips, gaffers and stagehands who rig, place, move and dismantle lights, sets, backdrops, scenery and other stage equipment

Gaffers and lighting technicians:

  • set up, operate and make repairs to lights and other electrical equipment in studios and on sets and stages

Stunt co-ordinators and special effects technicians:

  • design and coordinate special effects such as fires, explosions and crashes

Makeup artists:

  • apply cosmetic and special effects makeup on actors and other performers.

Costumiers:

  • study scripts to determine the necessary costumes and oversee the acquisition, fitting and maintenance of costumes

Settings shop foremen:

  • help prepare the construction specifications for sets

Property masters:

  • identify and list the necessary props and place them during rehearsals and performances

Work environment

Workers in this group may be required to work irregular hours, including overnight shifts. Since work in this industry is often project-based, workers may experience periods of unemployment.

Working conditions for other technical and coordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting and the performing arts vary depending on the specific occupation. Work may be in movie or broadcast studios, in theatres or on location. Workers may be required to travel to various locations, depending on the project.

Employees may work closely with performers and backstage crews. Some positions involve moving heavy equipment, dismantling sets and climbing scaffolds in studios and theatres.

Job requirements

Education, training & qualifications

For most occupations in this group, completion of a college or university program in broadcasting, technical production for theatre, theatre arts or a related field is required for employment. Other requirements may include:

  • several years of work experience in a related support position in motion pictures, broadcasting or the performing arts
  • membership in a related union

Makeup artists generally need a portfolio of work in order to demonstrate their creative and technical ability to employers. Floor managers also require a portfolio of work.

For gaffers, lighting technicians, key grips and other stage technicians, completion of a college program or other specialized training program in technical production for theatre is required.

In B.C., the Industry Trades Authority (ITA) offers a two-year apprenticeship program for grips and another program for set dressers. Trade certification is not mandatory for these workers, but it can offer increased job opportunities. Apprenticeships programs:

  • can be started in secondary school, through entry-level training at colleges and technical institutes, or by direct entry to the workforce
  • require workers to find a sponsor employer willing to participate in the program

For more information, see the ITA website at www.itabc.ca.

Skills

  • Innovative
  • Manual Dexterity
  • Finger Dexterity
  • Verbal & Written Comprehension
  • Spatial Perception
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Education programs in B.C.

The following program areas are related to this occupation:
  • Drama/Theatre Arts Related
  • Film/Video Related

For more information about programs offered specifically for this career, visit EducationPlannerBC.

Select a region to view regional outlook
Vancouver Island / Coast Mainland / Southwest Thompson-Okanagan Kootenay Cariboo Northeast North Coast & Nechako
Cariboo
Employment in 2016:
0
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N/A
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Kootenay
Employment in 2016:
0
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Mainland / Southwest
Employment in 2016:
1,710
Average annual employment growth:
3.6%
Expected number of job openings:
1,000
North Coast & Nechako
Employment in 2016:
0
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N/A
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N/A
Northeast
Employment in 2016:
0
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N/A
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Thompson-Okanagan
Employment in 2016:
0
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N/A
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Vancouver Island / Coast
Employment in 2016:
110
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N/A
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N/A - Data not available

Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook

Career paths and resources

Career paths

Depending on the size of the production or broadcasting studio, there may be an overlap in duties among occupations in this group.

With appropriate education and experience, workers in other technical and coordinating occupations in motion pictures may progress to senior or supervisory positions.

Additional resources