Lighting technicians are employed by:
- television stations, networks and cable companies
- film and motion picture production companies
- theatre and dance companies
- concert promoters
- trade shows
- lighting equipment manufacturers, suppliers and rental companies
- architectural lighting companies
- museums, theme parks and cruise ship companies
- post-secondary institutions.
In motion picture and theatre lighting, employment may be seasonal or short term and even experienced workers may experience periods of unemployment between jobs.
Experienced lighting technicians in large organizations may advance to supervisory positions such as head electrician, lighting director or gaffer. Further advancement generally requires further education (which may be acquired through specialized workshops and seminars).
Lighting technicians are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 5226: Other Technical and Co-ordinating Occupations in Motion Pictures, Broadcasting and the Performing Arts. In Alberta, 90% of people employed in this classification work in the following industries:
The employment outlook in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:
- trends and events affecting overall employment (especially in the industries listed above)
- location in Alberta
- employment turnover (work opportunities generated by people leaving existing positions)
- occupational growth (work opportunities resulting from the creation of new positions that never existed before)
- size of the occupation.
Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.