Job prospects Technical Director - Motion Pictures, Broadcasting And Performing Arts in Canada

People working as a technical director - motion pictures, broadcasting and performing arts have different job prospects depending on where they work in Canada. Find out what the future holds for them in your province or territory. These prospects are applicable to all Producers, directors, choreographers and related occupations (NOC 5131).

Note: These employment prospects were published in December 2021 based on the information available at the time of analysis. The next update will be in December 2022. To learn more, see our FAQs. You can also find additional information on the Canadian Online Job Posting Dashboard.

Job opportunities over the next 3 years

Explore future job prospects by province and territory.

Location Job prospects
Newfoundland and Labrador Fair Fair
Prince Edward Island Fair Fair
Nova Scotia Fair Fair
New Brunswick Fair Fair
Quebec Good Good
Ontario Undetermined Undetermined
Manitoba Limited Limited
Saskatchewan Fair Fair
Alberta Undetermined Undetermined
British Columbia Fair Fair
Yukon Territory Undetermined Undetermined
Northwest Territories Undetermined Undetermined
Nunavut Undetermined Undetermined
Legend: The job opportunities can be: Undetermined Limited Fair Good

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Labour market conditions over the next 10 years

Take a closer look at the projected labour demand and supply for this occupation over the 2019-2028 period. For more information on future job trends, go to the Canadian Occupational Projections System.


BALANCE: Labour demand and labour supply are expected to be broadly in line for this occupation group over the 2019-2028 period at the national level. The section below contains more detailed information regarding the outlook for this occupational group.

Employment in 2018


Median age of workers in 2018


Average retirement age in 2018


Detailed analysis

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 (2019-2028) 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 2019-2028. 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 2016-2018 period, employment in this occupational group grew strongly. The unemployment rate increased slightly to reach 4.1% in 2018, below the national average of 5.8%. However, the unemployment rate for this occupation has been historically below the average of all occupations, mainly because about 60% of the workers are self-employed. The increase in the number of unemployed workers, coupled with a low and stable number of job openings, led to a surge in the number of available workers to fill those vacancies. The mixed signals of key labour market indicators suggests that the number of job seekers was sufficient to fill the job openings in this occupational group.

For Producers, directors, choreographers and related occupations & Conductors, composers and arrangers, over the period 2019-2028, new job openings (arising from expansion demand and replacement demand) are expected to total 11,300 , while 11,500 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 2019-2028 period, the balance between labour supply and demand seen in recent years is expected to continue over the projection period. About half of job openings are expected to result from retirements. The retirement rate is notably lower than the average for all occupations as workers in this occupational group typically retire substantially later in their career relative to workers in other occupations. New jobs are expected to account for almost a third of the demand, on par with the employment growth observed during the 2009-2018 period. Job creation in this occupational group largely depends on the growth of consumer spending in the recreational sector, specifically movies and TV shows. Over the projection period, employment growth is thus expected to be stimulated by the higher demand for recreational services coming from an aging population. The increased popularity of watching video on mobile devices will also lead to growth in the Canadian online entertainment media industries, stimulating work opportunities for these workers. Additionally, the growth in the motion picture industry, notably from the increased production of American movies in Canada, will further strengthen demand in these occupations. With regard to labour supply, school leavers are expected to account for the vast majority of job seekers. This occupational group is popular among school leavers due to the artistic nature of the tasks in some of these jobs. On the other hand, only a small number of immigrants are projected to search for jobs in this occupation. Finally, many workers will look for jobs in other occupations, notably for career advancement as managers — publishing, motion pictures, broadcasting and performing arts.

Source Canadian Occupational Projections System – ESDC

Labour Market Information Survey
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