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Production assistants

OaSIS code 53111.07

Production assistants provide support duties related to broadcasting and to the production of motion pictures and the performing arts, such as preparing schedules, setting up equipment, and making travel arrangements to various shooting locations.

Overview

Also known as

  • Production assistant
  • Special effects assistant

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:

  • Provide support to the director and producer, and are responsible for various aspects of production such as preparing schedules, setting up equipment, and making travel arrangements to various shooting locations.

Additional information

  • There may be an overlap in duties among occupations in this unit group, depending on the size of the production or broadcasting studio.
  • Progression to related technical occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting or the performing arts is possible with additional training or experience.

Similar occupations classified elsewhere

Exclusions:

  • Broadcast technicians (52112)
  • Other technical and coordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting and the performing arts (52119)

NOC hierarchy breakdown

NOC version

NOC 2021 Version 1.0

Broad occupational category

5 – Occupations in art, culture, recreation and sport

TEER

3 – Occupations usually require a college diploma or apprenticeship training of less than two years; or more than six months of on-the-job training

Major group

53 – Occupations in art, culture and sport

Sub-major group

531 – Occupations in art and culture

Minor group

5311 – Photographers and support occupations in arts and culture

Unit group

53111 – Motion pictures, broadcasting, photography and performing arts assistants and operators

Occupational profile

53111.07 – Production assistants

Work characteristics

Work characteristics gathers the various components describing the work environment of each occupation, such as employers, work activities, and the work context. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of complexity (for Work Activities) or other measurement dimensions (for Work Context), and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.

Work Activities

Proficiency or complexity level
Communicating with Coworkers
4 - High Level
Scheduling Work and Activities
4 - High Level
Assisting and Caring for Others
3 - Moderate Level
Clerical Activities
3 - Moderate Level
Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
3 - Moderate Level

Work Context

Structural Job Characteristics

Structured versus Unstructured Work
Degree of freedom to determine tasks and priorities
4 - High amount of freedom
Work Week Duration
Worked hours in a typical week
3 - More than 40 hours

Physical Work Environment

Physical Proximity
Physical distance from others
3 - Somewhat close (e.g. share office)

Physical Demands

Sitting
Duration
3 - About half the time
Standing
Duration
3 - About half the time
Bending or Twisting the Body
Duration
1 - Very little time

Interpersonal Relations

Contact with Others
Frequency
5 - Every day, almost continuously
Duration
4 - More than half the time
Work with Work Group or Team
Importance
3 - Important
Frequency
4 - Every day, a few times per day

Workplaces/employers

  • Motion picture and video production companies
  • Recording studios
  • Television and radio stations and networks
  • Theatre and stage companies

Skills and abilities

This section displays the various competencies required for an occupation. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of proficiency (for Skills and Abilities) or importance (for Personal Attributes) and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.

Abilities

Proficiency or complexity level
Speech Clarity
4 - High Level
Speech Recognition
4 - High Level
Information Ordering
3 - Moderate Level
Memorizing
3 - Moderate Level
Multitasking
3 - Moderate Level

Skills

Proficiency or complexity level
Coordinating
3 - Moderate Level
Learning and Teaching Strategies
3 - Moderate Level
Monitoring
3 - Moderate Level
Negotiating
3 - Moderate Level
Persuading
3 - Moderate Level

Personal Attributes

Importance
Adaptability
4 - Highly important
Attention to Detail
4 - Highly important
Collaboration
4 - Highly important
Concern for Others
4 - Highly important
Service Orientation
4 - Highly important