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:
Estimated median employment income based on 2021 Job Bank median hourly wage rate (median annual salary = hourly wage rate x 40 (hours per week) x 52.14 (weeks per year))
Note:Estimated median employment income based on 2021 Job Bank median hourly wage rate (median annual salary = hourly wage rate x 40 (hours per week) x 52.14 (weeks per year))
Source: 2021 Job Bank Wage Report
Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook
10 year expected job openings: 1,590
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Gaffers and lighting technicians:
Stunt co-ordinators and special effects technicians:
Settings shop foremen:
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.
Source: 2016 Census
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:
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:
For more information, see the ITA website at www.itabc.ca.
For more information about programs offered specifically for this career, visit EducationPlannerBC.
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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.