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Other Technical and Co-ordinating Workers in Motion Pictures, Broadcasting, and the Performing Arts

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NOC:5226
Occupation:Other Motion Picture, Broadcasting, and Performing Arts Coordinators and Technicians
Category:Arts, Culture, Recreation and Sport

About the job

Nature of work:

This group of jobs 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. These are the people who work behind the scenes to design and build sets, make sure that cameras are in the right place, that performers get their cues and are dressed and made up to play their roles, and that props are there and in the right places. They are employed by television and radio stations and networks, recording studios, motion picture and video production companies, concert promoters and theatre, stage and dance companies.

Job duties:
  • Floor managers coordinate the work of 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 coordinators and special effects technicians design and coordinate special effects such as fires, explosions and crashes.
  • Make-up artists apply cosmetic and special effects make-up 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 and forewomen assist in preparing the construction specifications for sets.
  • Property masters identify and list the necessary props and place them during rehearsals and performances.
Sample job titles:
  • costume maker
  • gaffer
  • key grip
  • lighting technician
  • make-up artist
  • production co-ordinator
  • set electrician
  • special effects technician
  • stage manager
  • stunt co-ordinator
Skills:

To work in this field you need creativity, imagination, and technical skills. Attention to detail and the ability to improvise with equipment and techniques are also important. You must be able to communicate your ideas clearly and work well with others.

Job requirements:
  • For most jobs in this group, completion of college or university or other specialized training program in broadcasting, theatre arts or a related field and several years of experience in a related support or assisting job in motion pictures, broadcasting or the performing arts are required.
  • Membership in a related union may be required.
Other considerations:

Work in this group is cyclical and follows production schedules; many people in these jobs have a second source of income to support them through slow periods. Self-employment is relatively common in this group. Many workers in this field require a portfolio of work to demonstrate their abilities.

Labour Market Information

Work Prospects:Undetermined

This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia, with employment around 250. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Other Motion Picture, Broadcasting, and Performing Arts Coordinators and Technicians most commonly work full-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs are typically temporary positions (such as a term, contract, or casual work). Also, a large percentage of the workforce is self-employed which should be an important consideration for those thinking about employment in the occupation.

The median employment income for 25% of Other Motion Picture, Broadcasting, and Performing Arts Coordinators and Technicians who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $58,864. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

OccupationEstimated employment in 2018Estimated change in employment between 2017 and 2019Estimated openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019Estimated rate of unemployment in 2018 Estimated hourly earnings in 2015 (learn more)Estimated annual earnings in 2015
Other Technical and Co-ordinating Workers in Motion Pictures, Broadcasting, and the Performing Arts170xxx
Minimum:  N/A
Median:  N/A
Maximum:  N/A
Minimum: $4,347
Median: $34,997
Maximum: $94,451
Occupations in Arts, Culture, Recreation and Sport11,000Moderate growth735Moderate
Minimum: $10.81
Median: $16.00
Maximum: $31.00
Minimum: $945
Median: $11,712
Maximum: $60,447
Other Technical and Co-ordinating Workers in Motion Pictures, Broadcasting, and the Performing ArtsCompared to: Occupations in Arts, Culture, Recreation and Sport
Percent employed full-time73%59%
Percent self-employed65%33%
Where will I likely work?
Area of EmploymentOther Technical and Co-ordinating Workers in Motion Pictures, Broadcasting, and the Performing ArtsCompared to: All NS Occupations
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Southern6%x12%$30,581
Northern8%x16%$33,660
Cape Breton6%x13%$32,974
Halifax73%$37,65447%$41,209
Annapolis Valley8%x13%$32,958
What are the workers like?
AgeOther Technical and Co-ordinating Workers in Motion Pictures, Broadcasting, and the Performing ArtsCompared to: All Arts, Culture, Recreation and Sport
% Employed% Employed
15-248%N/A
25-3421%13%
35-4429%44%
45-5417%35%
55-6417%8%
65+x4%
Median Age4438
GenderOther Technical and Co-ordinating Workers in Motion Pictures, Broadcasting, and the Performing ArtsCompared to: Occupations in Arts, Culture, Recreation and Sport
% Employed% Employed
Female47%56%
Male53%44%
EducationOther Technical and Co-ordinating Workers in Motion Pictures, Broadcasting, and the Performing ArtsCompared to: All Arts, Culture, Recreation and Sport
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Less than high schoolN/Ax10.2%$2,298
High school13.7%$37,88826.2%$7,127
Trades certificate13.7%x3.6%$13,575
College certificate or diploma21.6%$23,05220.3%$20,158
University certificate or diploma3.9%x1.7%$20,801
Bachelor's degree43.1%$30,84727.5%$19,705
University advanced certificate or diploma3.9%x1.5%$18,274
Master's degreeN/Ax8.0%x
DoctorateN/Ax1.0%$30,975
Medicine, dentistry, veterinary, optometryN/Ax0.1%$11,741
Total100%100%
Wage Disclaimer

Hourly earnings data are from the Labour Force Survey by Statistics Canada. Data are not available for all occupations. Hourly earnings are calculated based on usual hours worked per week. This is how an annual salary, for instance, gets converted to an hourly rate. The data include full and part-time workers along with new and experienced workers. Self-employed workers are excluded.

Annual employment income data reported in the Work Prospects section, are from the 2011 National Household Survey by Statistics Canada. Much of the data (around 70%) came directly from tax records. The data relates to the year 2010 and includes total wages and salaries and net income from self-employment.

Sources

Employment Requirements & Contacts

Regulations:
No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile
Useful contacts:
Theatre Nova Scotia
1113 Marginal Road
Halifax, NS B3H 4P7
Tel: (902) 425-3876
Fax: (902) 422-0881
theatrens@theatrens.ca
Canadian Media Production Association
160 John Street, 5th Floor
Toronto, ON M5V 2E5
Tel: (800) 267-8208
Fax: (416) 304-0499
toronto@cmpa.ca

Training Paths & Education

Program Name:Cinematography and film/video production
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the college or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to communicate dramatic information, ideas, moods, and feelings through the making and producing of films and videos. These programs include courses in theory of film; film technology and equipment operation; film production; film directing; film editing; cinematographic art; film audio; techniques for making specific types of films and/or videos; the use of computer applications to record or enhance images, audio or effect and the planning and management of film/video operations.
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DaVinci College of Art and Design NS Ltd.
1577 Barrington Street
Halifax, NS B3J 1Z7
(902) 429-1847
Nova Scotia Community College - Waterfront Campus & Aviation Institute
80 Mawiomi Place
Dartmouth, NS B2Y 0A5
(902) 491-1100
waterfront.info@nscc.ca
Program Name:Communications technology/technician
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that generally prepares individuals to function as workers and managers within communications industries. These programs include courses in business economics; basic management; principles of interpersonal and mediated communications; radio, television, and digital media production; and related aspects of technology and communications systems.
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Mount Saint Vincent University
166 Bedford Highway
Halifax, NS B3M 2J6
(902) 457-6117
admissions@msvu.ca
Program Name:Organizational communication - General
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the college or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that focuses on general communication processes and dynamics within organizations. These programs include courses in the development and maintenance of interpersonal group relations within organizations; decision-making and conflict management; the use of symbols to create and maintain organizational images, missions, and values; power and politics within organizations; human interaction with computer technology; and how communications socialize and support employees and team members.
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Nova Scotia Community College - Cumberland Campus
PO Box 550, 1 Main Street
Springhill, NS B0M 1X0
(902) 597-3737
cumberland.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Burridge Campus
372 Pleasant Street
Yarmouth, NS B5A 2L2
(902) 742-3501
burridge.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Marconi Campus
PO Box 1042, 1240 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, NS B1P 6J7
(902) 563-2450
marconi.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Waterfront Campus & Aviation Institute
80 Mawiomi Place
Dartmouth, NS B2Y 0A5
(902) 491-1100
waterfront.info@nscc.ca
Program Name:Radio and television
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the college or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that focuses on the theories, methods, and techniques used to plan, produce, and distribute audio and video programs and messages, and that prepares individuals to function as staff, producers, directors, and managers of radio and television shows and media organizations. These programs include courses in media aesthetics; planning, scheduling, and production; writing and editing; performing and directing; personnel and facilities management; marketing and distribution; media regulations, law, and policy; and principles of broadcast technology.
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Nova Scotia Community College - Waterfront Campus & Aviation Institute
80 Mawiomi Place
Dartmouth, NS B2Y 0A5
(902) 491-1100
waterfront.info@nscc.ca
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