Other Motion Picture, Broadcasting, and Performing Arts Coordinators and Technicians

(NOC 5226)

in All Arts, Culture, Recreation and Sport

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 Outlook

Undetermined

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  • Estimate change in employment not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate openings due to growth and retirements not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for this occupation.

Compared to: All Arts, Culture, Recreation and Sport

  • Estimate Moderate growth employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 735 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate Moderate rate of unemployment in 2016

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)

Hourly Pay

N/A

Minimum

N/A

Median

N/A

Maximum

Annual Pay

$4,347

Minimum

$34,997

Median

$94,451

Maximum

Compared to: All Arts, Culture, Recreation and Sport

Hourly Pay

$10.81

Minimum

$16.00

Median

$31.00

Maximum

Annual Pay

$945

Minimum

$11,712

Median

$60,447

Maximum

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

  • The following is a summary of main duties for some jobs in this group:
  • 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.

By the numbers

Quick look

170

employed in 2016

72.5%

employed full-time

8.8%

self employed

47.1%
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52.9%
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43.6

median age

Compared to: All Arts, Culture, Recreation and Sport

11,000

employed in 2016

59.4%

employed full-time

33.3%

self employed

55.6%
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44.4%
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38.2

median age

Where will I likely work?

72.5%

Halifax

7.8%

Northern

7.8%

Annapolis Valley

5.9%

Southern

5.9%

Cape Breton

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

Northern

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

48.5%

Information, Culture & Recreation

15.2%

Other Industries

12.1%

Other Professional Services

6.1%

Other Services

6.1%

Public Administration

What is the age of Employment?

29.2%

35-44

20.8%

25-34

16.7%

55-64

16.7%

45-54

8.3%

15-24

Compared to: All Arts, Culture, Recreation and Sport

43.8%

35-44

35.4%

45-54

12.5%

25-34

8.3%

55-64

4.2%

65+

Top levels of education

43.1%

Bachelor's degree

$30,847 median annual income
21.6%

College certificate or diploma

$23,052 median annual income
13.7%

Trades certificate

N/A
13.7%

High school

$37,888 median annual income
3.9%

University certificate or diploma

N/A

Compared to: All Arts, Culture, Recreation and Sport

27.5%

Bachelor's degree

$19,705 median annual income
26.2%

High school

$7,127 median annual income
20.3%

College certificate or diploma

$20,158 median annual income
10.2%

Less than high school

$2,298 median annual income
8.0%

Master's degree

N/A

Education & training

Cinematography and film/video production

This program is typically offered at the college or university level.

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.

Institutions providing this program

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

Communications technology/technician

This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.

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.

Institutions providing this program

Mount Saint Vincent University

166 Bedford Highway

Halifax, NS B3M 2J6

(902) 457-6117

Organizational communication - General

This program is typically offered at the college or university level.

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.

Institutions providing this program

Nova Scotia Community College - Cumberland Campus

PO Box 550, 1 Main Street

Springhill, NS B0M 1X0

(902) 597-3737

Nova Scotia Community College - Burridge Campus

372 Pleasant Street

Yarmouth, NS B5A 2L2

(902) 742-3501

Nova Scotia Community College - Marconi Campus

PO Box 1042, 1240 Grand Lake Road

Sydney, NS B1P 6J7

(902) 563-2450

Nova Scotia Community College - Waterfront Campus & Aviation Institute

80 Mawiomi Place

Dartmouth, NS B2Y 0A5

(902) 491-1100

Radio and television

This program is typically offered at the college or university level.

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.

Institutions providing this program

Nova Scotia Community College - Waterfront Campus & Aviation Institute

80 Mawiomi Place

Dartmouth, NS B2Y 0A5

(902) 491-1100

Employment requirements & contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile

Contacts

Theatre Nova Scotia
1113 Marginal Road
Halifax, NS B3H 4P7
Tel: (902) 425-3876
Fax: (902) 422-0881
Canadian Media Production Association
160 John Street, 5th Floor
Toronto, ON M5V 2E5
Tel: (800) 267-8208
Fax: (416) 304-0499

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