National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2011


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523 - Announcers and other performers, n.e.c.

5231 - Announcers and other broadcasters

Announcers and other broadcasters read news, sports, weather, commercial and public service messages and host entertainment and information programs for broadcast on radio or television. They are primarily employed by radio and television stations and networks and by commercial firms that produce advertisements for radio or television.

  • Illustrative example(s)

    • announcer
    • broadcaster
    • disc jockey - broadcast
    • news reader
    • radio host/hostess
    • sports announcer
    • talk show host/hostess
    • television host/hostess
    • traffic reporter
    • weather reporter

    All examples

  • Exclusion(s)

    • Broadcast journalists who prepare and present their own reports (See 5123 Journalists)
    • Support occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting, photography and the performing arts (5227)
  • Main duties

    Announcers and other broadcasters perform some or all of the following duties:

    • Select and introduce music, videos and other entertainment material for broadcast, and make commercial and public service announcements
    • Act as host/hostess or master of ceremonies, introduce and interview guests and conduct proceedings of shows or programs
    • Read news, sports and weather for radio and television
    • Report on weather conditions using information provided by weather forecasting services
    • Report on traffic conditions by maintaining contact with external sources of information or by observing traffic from air or land vehicle
    • May present own material or material prepared by others.
  • Employment requirements

    • Completion of a college radio or television arts program is usually required.
    • Practical training, such as work at a college radio station, may be required.
    • Talent and ability, as demonstrated during an audition, are important hiring criteria.
    • Membership in a guild or union related to the occupation or type of performance may be required.
  • Additional information

    • Movement to occupations in journalism is possible for those with an educational background in journalism or a related field.

5232 - Other performers, n.e.c.

This unit group includes circus performers, magicians, models, puppeteers and other performers not elsewhere classified. They are employed by circuses, nightclubs, and theatre, advertising and other production companies, or they may be self-employed.

  • Illustrative example(s)

    • acrobat
    • busker
    • circus performer
    • clown
    • fashion model
    • magician
    • puppeteer
    • ventriloquist

    All examples

  • Exclusion(s)

    • Actors and comedians (5135)
    • Dancers (5134)
    • Musicians and singers (5133)
  • Main duties

    The following is a summary of main duties for some occupations in this unit group:

    • Buskers 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.
    • Puppeteers 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.
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