Support occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting, photography and the performing arts (NOC 5227)

About this job

This group includes workers:

  • who perform support duties related to broadcasting and to the production of motion pictures and the performing arts
  • who work for television and radio stations and networks, recording studios, motion picture and video production companies and by theatre and stage companies
  • who are projectionists employed by IMAX or automated cinemas and drive-in theatres
Common job titles
  • assistant, AV (audiovisual)
  • assistant, costume / wardrobe / wig
  • assistant, lighting / production / script
  • flyman / flywoman
  • focus puller
  • grip
  • assistant, AV (audiovisual)
  • assistant, costume / wardrobe / wig
  • assistant, lighting / production / script
  • assistant, recording - recording studio
  • best boy
  • boom microphone operator / boom grip

Earnings

Annual provincial median salary

$49,095

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

Camera crane operators:

  • set up, assemble, adjust, maintain and replace reels and projector equipment
  • detect and repair mechanical and electrical problems
  • change and install an electronic control panel using automated equipment

Motion picture projectionists perform some or all of the following duties:

  • check the condition of the copy
  • set up and load film reels on movie and drive-in theatre projection systems
  • adjust focus, sound levels and other projector and theatre settings
  • maintain projection equipment

Props persons and set builders:

  • assemble, repair, place, build and oversee props

Script assistants:

  • distribute scripts to actors
  • keep detailed notes of all actions, positions and camera angles
  • photograph and date scenes

Grips and riggers:

  • rig, place, move and dismantle sets, backdrops, scenery and other stage equipment

Dressers:

  • clean, maintain, transport and store costumes
  • help performers to dress in costumes

Production assistants:

  • provide support to the director and producer
  • are responsible for various aspects of production such as preparing schedules
  • set up equipment
  • make travel arrangements to various shooting locations.

Work environment

Key aspects of the work in this occupation:

  • Work takes place both indoors and outdoors in varied weather conditions
  • Workers may be exposed to electrical circuitry, high tension wires, transformers or other equipment that could be a source electrical shock.
  • Workers may use equipment, machinery or power tools that could be a source of injury.

Job requirements

Education, training & qualifications

  • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • Most occupations in this unit group require completion of college courses in broadcasting, theatre arts or a related field
    or
    A period of on-the-job training.
  • Certification for projectionists is available, but voluntary, in New Brunswick. In Quebec, projectionists are regulated under operators of electrical machines, cinema equipment.
  • Projectionists are required to be licensed by their province of employment.

As of July 1, 2017 when the Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) came into force, you will not need significant additional training, experience, testing or assessment if your qualifications or certificates are recognized by a Canadian regulatory authority. This applies whether you were trained in Canada or internationally. Learn about labour mobility at www.workersmobility.ca. For information about labour mobility and foreign qualifications recognition, contact the B.C. regulator for your occupation.

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:
  • Broadcasting 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
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Kootenay
Employment in 2016:
0
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Mainland / Southwest
Employment in 2016:
1,510
Average annual employment growth:
3.6%
Expected number of job openings:
920
North Coast & Nechako
Employment in 2016:
0
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Northeast
Employment in 2016:
0
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Thompson-Okanagan
Employment in 2016:
0
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Vancouver Island / Coast
Employment in 2016:
40
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A

N/A - Data not available

Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook

Career paths and resources

Career paths

Progression to related technical occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting or the performing arts is possible with additional training or experience.

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

Additional resources