National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2016 Version 1.3

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5 - Occupations in art, culture, recreation and sport

This category includes occupations in art and culture, including the performing arts, film and video, broadcasting, journalism, writing, creative design, libraries and museums. It also includes occupations in recreation and sports.

These occupations are linked by subject matter to formal post-secondary educational programs but have, for the most part, a range of acceptable qualifications. Occupations in this category are also characterized by a requirement for creative talent, such as for designers and performers, and for athletic ability in the area of sport.

52 - Technical occupations in art, culture, recreation and sport

This major group comprises technical occupations in art, culture, recreation and sport. It includes technical occupations in libraries, public archives, museums and art galleries; in motion picture production, graphic arts, broadcasting and the performing arts; and as photographers, announcers, creative designers, craftspersons, athletes, coaches, sports officials, sport and fitness instructors and some performers.

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

This minor group includes announcers, other broadcasters and performers not elsewhere classified. They are employed by radio and television stations and networks; advertising companies; circuses, nightclubs and theatre and other production companies; or they may be self-employed.

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 (DJ) - broadcast
    • news reader
    • radio host/hostess
    • sports announcer
    • talk show host/hostess
    • television host/hostess

    All examples

  • Inclusion(s)

    • master of ceremonies (MC)
    • public address (P.A.) system announcer
    • traffic reporter
    • weather reporter
  • 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 (See 5227 Support occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting, photography and the performing arts)
  • Main duties

    This group performs 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.

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.

  • Illustrative example(s)

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

    All examples

  • Inclusion(s)

    • deejay (DJ) - turntablist
  • Exclusion(s)

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

    This group performs some or all of the following duties:

    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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