National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2016 Version 1.1


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9474 - Photographic and film processors

Photographic and film processors process and finish still photographic film and motion picture film. They are employed in film processing laboratories and retail photofinishing establishments.

  • Illustrative example(s)

    • darkroom technician
    • film developer
    • film printing machine operator
    • film processor
    • photofinisher
    • photograph developer
    • photograph inspector - photographic processing
    • photographic processor

    All examples

  • Exclusion(s)

    • Film strippers and assemblers and negative spotters in the printing or graphic arts industry (See 9472 Camera, platemaking and other prepress occupations)
    • Supervisors of photographic and film processors (See 7303 Supervisors, printing and related occupations)
  • Main duties

    Photographic and film processors perform some or all of the following duties:

    • Operate equipment to develop negatives and slides, and to print black and white and colour photographs
    • Operate photographic enlarging equipment to produce prints and enlargements from negatives
    • Operate equipment to develop motion picture film
    • Tend automatic equipment in retail establishments to develop colour negatives, prints and slides
    • Operate equipment to transfer film to video tape
    • Retouch photographic negatives or original prints to correct defects
    • Splice film and mount film on reels
    • Measure and mix chemicals required for processing
    • Inspect rolls of photographic prints for conformance to specifications; or motion picture film to detect defects in developing and printing.
  • Employment requirements

    • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
    • For employment in film processing laboratories, completion of a college or other specialized photography program
      Extensive related experience is required.
    • For employment as a film printing machine operator in retail outlets, on-the-job training is provided.
  • Additional information

    • There is mobility among occupations within laboratory processing operations.
    • Progression is possible from automatic machine tenders in retail establishments to laboratory processing occupations.
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