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52119 – Other technical and coordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting and the performing arts

Workers in other technical and coordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting and the performing arts coordinate and perform specific activities for television, radio and motion picture productions, news broadcasts, theatre and stage productions, and other live or recorded productions. 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.


Example titles

  • Costumier
  • Gaffer
  • Key grip
  • Lighting technician
  • Make-up artist - motion pictures, broadcasting and performing arts
  • Program coordinator - broadcasting
  • Property master - broadcasting
  • Settings shop foreman/woman
  • Special effects technician
  • Stage manager
  • Stunt coordinator
  • Theatre technician
  • Machinist-electrician
  • Stage electrician

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:
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 co-ordinators 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.
  • Study scripts to determine the necessary costumes and oversee the acquisition, fitting and maintenance of costumes.
Settings shop foremen and property masters
  • Assist in preparing the construction specifications for sets
  • Identify and list the necessary props and place them during rehearsals and performances.

Employment requirements

  • For most occupations in this unit group, completion of a college or university program in broadcasting, theatre arts or a related field and several years of experience in a related support or assisting occupation in motion pictures, broadcasting or the performing arts are required.
  • Floor managers require a portfolio of work.
  • Make-up artists working in motion pictures, broadcasting and the performing arts may require a training program.
  • Creative ability, as demonstrated by a portfolio of work, is required for make-up artists.
  • For gaffers, lighting technicians, key grips and other stage technicians, completion of a college program or other specialized training program in technical production for theatre is required.
  • Membership in a related union may be required.

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.


Breakdown summary

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
NOC 2021 Version 1.0
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