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5232 – Other performers, n.e.c.

Other performers include circus performers, magicians, models, puppeteers and other performers. They are employed by circuses, nightclubs, and theatre, advertising and other production companies, or they may be self-employed.


Example titles

  • Acrobat
  • Busker
  • Circus performer
  • Clown
  • Fashion model
  • Magician
  • Puppeteer
  • Ventriloquist
  • Deejay (DJ) - turntablist

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:
  • Entertain passers-by on sidewalks and in parks with magic tricks, juggling acts, short dramatic works, music and other entertaining displays.
Circus performers such as trapeze artists, high-wire walkers, clowns and jugglers
  • Entertain audiences with thrilling and humorous acts.
Magicians and illusionists
  • Perform sleight-of-hand tricks, disappearing acts and other illusions.
Fashion models
  • Display clothing and merchandise in commercials, advertisements and fashion shows and pose for artists and photographers.
  • Operate puppets and marionettes.

Employment requirements

  • Circus performers and acrobats may require a period of study at a circus school.
  • Completion of modelling courses is usually required for models.
  • Training for other occupations in this unit group is often obtained under the guidance of a practitioner.
  • Talent and ability, as demonstrated during an audition, are important hiring criteria.
  • Membership in a guild or union related to the occupation or type or performance may be required.

Additional information

  • There is little mobility between the different occupations in this unit group.


Breakdown summary

Broad occupational category
5 – Occupations in art, culture, recreation and sport
Skill level
B – Occupations usually require college education, specialized training or apprenticeship training.
Major group
52 – Technical occupations in art, culture, recreation and sport
Minor group
523 – Announcers and other performers, n.e.c.
Associated Career Handbook profiles
5232.1 – Buskers 5232.2 – Circus performers 5232.3 – Magicians and illusionists 5232.4 – Fashion models 5232.5 – Puppeteers
NOC 2016 Version 1.3
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