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Creative and Performing Artists

What they do?

Film, television and radio producers manage the production of motion pictures, television shows, and radio programs.

A. Directors interpret scripts, select casts, and direct performers/other aspects of productions.

B. Record producers plan and co-ordinate musical recordings.

C. Directors of photography plan and co-ordinate the photography of motion pictures.

D. Conductors select and interpret musical works, and lead bands, orchestras, and choirs.

E. Arrangers adapt and modify musical compositions to convey desired themes.

F. Musicians play one or more instruments.

Where they find work?

1. Arts entertainment and recreation - 44.0%
2. Educational services - 27.0%
3. Information and cultural industries - 20.0%
4. Other services (except public administration) - 3.0%

What education do I need?

1. In general, you usually need a university degree, college diploma or other post-secondary specialized training in your area of work.

2. You may need experience and to be able to demonstrate directing, creative or performing skills.

3. You may need membership in a related guild or union.

4. Most recent entrants have an undergraduate university degree.

High School Subject that will help:

1. Drama
2. Art
3. English (Composition)
4. Music

What can you expect to make:

The average hourly wages for Creative and Performing Artists is $19.98/HR, which is close to the average for occupations in the art, culture, recreation and sport sector and are below average for all professional occupations. These wages grew at an average rate from 2002 to 2004.

Average Wage

Creative and Performing Artists wages

Expected Wage by Age

Creative and Performing Artists Wage By Age


5% of Creative and Performing Artists are unemployed. This rate is above the average for professionnal occupations.


Creative and Performing Artists Unemployment

Trends in Unemployment

Creative and Performing Artists Trends in Unemployment

Current Job Outlook:

The job outlook for Creative and Performing Artists is considered Average because:

1. Employment grew at an above-average rate.

2. Hourly wages ($19.98) are close to the average ($18.07), and the rate of wage growth is close to the average.

3. The unemployment rate (5%) is close to the 2004 average (7%).

Future Job Prospects:

Your job outlook will continue to be Average because:

1. The employment growth rate will likely be average because of Canada's ability to attract foreign production and the continuing positive impact of increased government spending on art/culture.

2. Although the retirement rate will likely be average, the number of retiring workers should contribute to job openings.

3. The number of job seekers will likely match the number of job openings.

Highest Concetration:

The highest concentrations (per 10,000 people) of Creative and Performing Artists are found in Ontario and British Columbia while the lowest concentrations are in New Brunswick and Newfoundland.

Unionization Rate:

The unionization rate (23%) is close to the average (32%) for all occupations.

Useful Experience:

1. Entertainment

2. Innovation

3. Researching

Part Time Workers

Creative and Performing Artists Part Time Workers

Part time workers:

43% of Creative and Performing Artists are employed only on a part-time basis. There were 94,000 workers employed in these occupations in 2004, a decrease of 7% since 1997.

Age Demographics

Creative and Performing Artists Age Demographics

Age Demographics:

The retirement rate to 2009 will likely be average reflecting the age/retirement structure of the occupation.

Self Employed

Creative and Performing Artists Self Employed

Self Employed:

Roughly 72% of Creative and Performing Artists are self-employed. This is considered Above average for the industry as a whole.

Men vs Women

Creative and Performing Artists Men vs Women

Men vs Women:

49% of the individuals employed as Creative and Performing Artists are women. Compared to other industries, this is Average.