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94153 – Photographic and film processors

Photographic and film processors process and finish still photographic film and motion picture film. They are employed in film processing laboratories and retail photofinishing establishments.


Example titles

  • Darkroom technician
  • Film developer
  • Film printing machine operator
  • Film processor
  • Photofinisher
  • Photograph developer
  • Photograph inspector - photographic processing
  • Photographic processor

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:
  • Operate equipment to develop negatives and slides, and to print black and white and colour photographs
  • Operate photographic enlarging equipment to produce prints and enlargements from negatives
  • Operate equipment to develop motion picture film
  • Tend automatic equipment in retail establishments to develop colour negatives, prints and slides
  • Operate equipment to transfer film to video tape
  • Retouch photographic negatives or original prints to correct defects
  • Splice film and mount film on reels
  • Measure and mix chemicals required for processing
  • Inspect rolls of photographic prints for conformance to specifications; or motion picture film to detect defects in developing and printing.

Employment requirements

  • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • For employment in film processing laboratories, completion of a college or other specialized photography program or extensive related experience is required.
  • For employment as a film printing machine operator in retail outlets, on-the-job training is provided.

Additional information

  • Progression is possible from automatic machine tenders in retail establishments to laboratory processing occupations.
  • There is mobility among occupations within laboratory processing operations.


Breakdown summary

Broad occupational category
9 – Occupations in manufacturing and utilities
4 – Occupations usually require a secondary school diploma; or several weeks of on-the-job training
Major group
94 – Machine operators, assemblers and inspectors in processing, manufacturing and printing
Sub-major group
941 – Processing and manufacturing machine operators and related production workers
Minor group
9415 – Printing equipment operators and related occupations
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