Canadian Occupational Projection System (COPS)

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Note: The projections were developed for 292 occupational groupings that cover the entire workforce, using the 2016 National Occupational Classification (NOC). For additional information on these groupings, please visit the COPS Occupational Groupings' Definition.  For more information about the methodology used to assess each occupation, please click here.

Search Result : Film/video camera operators; Graphic arts technician; Broadcast technician; Audio/video recording technician; Other tech. / co-ord. occupations in motion picture, broadcasting, arts & Support occupations in motion picture, broadcasting, photography and the performing arts (5222)

Occupational Outlook
BALANCE: Labour demand and labour supply are expected to be broadly in line for this occupation group over the 2017-2026 period at the national level. The section below contains more detailed information regarding the outlook for this occupational group.
Occupations in this Group
  • Film and video camera operators (5222)
  • Graphic arts technicians (5223)
  • Broadcast technicians (5224)
  • Audio and video recording technicians (5225)
  • Other technical and co-ordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting and the performing arts (5226)
  • Support occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting, photography and the performing arts (5227)
Skill Type
Occupations in art, culture, recreation and sport
Skill Level
Occupations usually require college or vocational education or apprenticeship training.
Employment in 2016
46,900
Median Age of workers in 2016
38.2 years old
Estimated Median Age of Retirement in 2016
66 years old

In order to determine the expected outlook of an occupation, the magnitude of the difference between the projected total numbers of new job seekers and job openings over the whole projection period (2017-2026) is analyzed in conjunction with an assessment of labour market conditions in recent years. The intention is to determine if recent labour market conditions (surplus, balance or shortage) are expected to persist or change over the period 2017-2026. For instance, if the analysis of key labour market indicators suggests that the number of job seekers was insufficient to fill the job openings (a shortage of workers) in an occupational group in recent years, the projections are used to assess if this situation will continue over the projection period or if the occupation will move towards balanced conditions.

Over the 2014-2016 period, this occupational group experienced an increase in employment far superior to the average for all occupations. The unemployment rate fell to 10.3% in 2016, but remained above the national average of 7.0%. For its part, the average hourly wage also decreased, which is partly explained by the hiring of many new workers with lower salaries than their more experienced peers. Hence, the analysis of key labour market indicators suggests that the number of job seekers was sufficient to fill the available job openings in this occupational group over the 2014-2016 period.

For Film/video camera operators; Graphic arts technician; Broadcast technician; Audio/video recording technician; Other tech. / co-ord. occupations in motion picture, broadcasting, arts & Support occupations in motion picture, broadcasting, photography and the performing arts, over the period 2017-2026, new job openings (arising from expansion demand and replacement demand) are expected to total 11,100, while 11,600 new job seekers (arising from school leavers, immigration and mobility) are expected to be available to fill them.

As job openings and job seekers are projected to be at relatively similar levels over the 2017-2026 period, it is expected that the balance between labour supply and demand seen in recent years will continue over the projection period. The majority of job openings are projected to arise from job creation, accounting for almost 50% of job openings over the projection period. Only about one-third of openings are expected to arise from retirement, as this occupation has a retirement rate well below the average for all occupations. The relatively low retirement rate in this occupation is attributable to the fact that workers are generally younger than in other occupations and usually retire much later in their career. On the other hand, employment growth is projected to be slightly higher than the average for all occupations. Over the projection period, employment growth is expected to be stimulated by the higher demand for recreational services coming from an aging population, and by the growth in the motion picture industry, notably from the production of American movies in Canada. The increased popularity of watching TV on mobile devices and online will also lead to growth in the online media industries and thus more work opportunities for these workers. With regard to labour supply, school leavers are projected to account for the vast majority of job seekers. This occupational group is very popular among school leavers due to, notably, the nature of the tasks (film studies and graphic arts courses have relatively high student enrollment). The number of school leavers alone is projected to significantly exceed total job openings. Furthermore, immigration will also provide its fair share of job seekers over the projection period. However, a significant number of workers are expected to leave this group to work in other occupations. While some will accept a promotion and become producers, directors, or choreographers (NOC 5131), others are expected to seek employment in other occupations due to the precarious nature of the jobs in this occupational group and the high competition between job seekers.

Projection of Cumulative Job Openings and Job Seekers over the Period of 2017-2026

This table contains data related to Projected Job Openings.
Level Share
Expansion Demand: 5,500 50%
Retirements: 3,700 33%
Other Replacement Demand: 1,000 9%
Emigration: 800 7%
Projected Job Openings: 11,100 100%
This table contains data related to Projected Job Seekers.
Level Share
School Leavers: 18,400 159%
Immigration: 3,400 29%
Other: -10,100 -87%
Projected Job Seekers: 11,600 100%
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