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Graphic arts technicians

OaSIS code 52111.00

Graphic arts technicians assist in conceptualizing a project, interpreting design specifications or sketches, preparing the page make-up, lay-out and lettering, and preparing production materials for press, electronic or multimedia publishing.


Also known as

  • Animated cartoon technician
  • Animation painter
  • Computer graphics technician
  • Graphics technician
  • Multimedia graphic design technician

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:

  • Review the graphic designer's instructions
  • Produce or assist in developing and producing design concepts
  • Capture elements such as titles, text, drawings, illustrations, graphics, lettering and colour harmonization, using a computer
  • Produce computerized images and drawings
  • Digitize images using peripherals and transform them using retouching systems, graphic palettes or specialized software
  • Perform the layout, page make-up and placement using the conceptual mock-ups provided
  • Produce proofs and camera-ready materials and prepare film and any other prepress materials
  • Paint or ink individual cells of 2-D or 3-D animated drawings according to animator's specifications using an electronic palette
  • Lay out, draw or paint letters, figures, logos and designs for windows, advertisements, billboards, vehicles, books and publications using specialized software or painting equipment
  • Work in an interdisciplinary environment.

Additional information

  • Progression to graphic designer positions is possible with experience or supplementary training.

Similar occupations classified elsewhere


  • Correspondence, publication and regulatory clerks (14301)
  • Graphic designers and illustrators (52120)
  • Camera, platemaking and other prepress occupations (94151)

NOC hierarchy breakdown

NOC version

NOC 2021 Version 1.0

Broad occupational category

5 – Occupations in art, culture, recreation and sport


2 – Occupations usually require a college diploma or apprenticeship training of two or more years; or supervisory occupations

Major group

52 – Technical occupations in art, culture and sport

Sub-major group

521 – Technical occupations in art and culture

Minor group

5211 – Technical occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting and the performing arts

Unit group

52111 – Graphic arts technicians

Occupational profile

52111.00 – Graphic arts technicians

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
Thinking Creatively
5 - Highest Level
Interacting with Computers
4 - High Level
Applying New Knowledge
3 - Moderate Level
Communicating with Coworkers
3 - Moderate Level
Developing Objectives and Strategies
3 - Moderate Level

Work Context

Structural Job Characteristics

Structured versus Unstructured Work
Degree of freedom to determine tasks and priorities
3 - Moderate 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

5 - All the time, or almost all the time
1 - Very little time
Bending or Twisting the Body
1 - Very little time

Interpersonal Relations

Contact with Others
4 - Every day, a few times per day
4 - More than half the time
Work with Work Group or Team
3 - Important
3 - Once a week or more but not every day


  • Advertising agencies
  • Marketing and communications departments and firms
  • Multimedia production companies
  • Printing establishments
  • Publishing firms
  • Self-employed
  • Television and film production 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.


Proficiency or complexity level
Spatial Visualization
5 - Highest Level
Colour Perception
4 - High Level
Fluency of Ideas
4 - High Level
Arm-Hand Steadiness
3 - Moderate Level
Categorization Flexibility
3 - Moderate Level


Proficiency or complexity level
3 - Moderate Level
Critical Thinking
3 - Moderate Level
3 - Moderate Level
Learning and Teaching Strategies
3 - Moderate Level
Management of Material Resources
3 - Moderate Level

Personal Attributes

4 - Highly important
Attention to Detail
4 - Highly important
4 - Highly important
4 - Highly important
Social Orientation
4 - Highly important