NOC 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.

There is mobility among occupations within laboratory processing operations.

Progression is possible from automatic machine tenders in retail establishments to laboratory processing 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.

All Titles

  • analyzer, colour films – photographic processing
  • chemical mixer – photographic processing
  • colour film analyzer – photographic processing
  • copy camera operator – photographic processing
  • cutter, negatives – film processing
  • darkroom technician
  • darkroom technician – photographic processing
  • developer, films
  • developer, motion picture film
  • developer, photographs
  • developer, photos
  • developer, prints
  • developer, X-ray films
  • developer, X-ray plates
  • developer-printer machine tender
  • developer-printer, photos
  • developing machine operator – photographic processing
  • enlarger operator – photographic processing
  • enlarger, photographs
  • enlarger, pictures – photographic processing
  • examiner, motion picture film – photographic processing
  • film developer
  • film printing machine operator
  • film processing technician
  • film processor
  • film splicer – photographic processing
  • film-developing machine tender
  • film-printing machine tender
  • film-processing machine operator
  • finisher, photos
  • finisher, prints – photographic processing
  • inspector, photographs – photographic processingphotograph inspector
  • inspector, prints – photographic processing
  • maker, slides – photographic processing
  • mixer, chemicals – photographic processing
  • motion picture film developer
  • motion picture film examiner – photographic processing
  • motion picture film printer
  • mounter, photographs
  • negative cutter – film processing
  • negative restorer – photographic processing
  • negative retoucher
  • negative spotter – film processing
  • negative-contact-frame operator
  • operator, copy camera – photographic processing
  • operator, developing machine – photographic processing
  • operator, film-printing machine
  • operator, film-processing machine
  • operator, negative-contact-frame
  • operator, photographic and film processing machine
  • photo developer
  • photo developer-printer
  • photo developing inspector
  • photo lab technician
  • photo processor
  • photo technician
  • photofinisher
  • photograph developer
  • photograph developing inspector
  • photograph enlarger
  • photograph inspector – photographic processing
  • photograph mounter
  • photographic and film-processing machine operator
  • photographic enlarger operator
  • photographic film printer
  • photographic film processor
  • photographic printer
  • photographic processor
  • photographic-film-processing machine operator
  • photographic-processing machine operator
  • picture enlarger – photographic processing
  • print developer
  • print finisher – photographic processing
  • print inspector – photographic processing
  • print retoucher – photographic processing
  • print tender – photographic processing
  • printer, motion picture film
  • printer, photographic films
  • printer, photographs
  • processor, films
  • processor, photographic film
  • quick print machine tender – photographic processing
  • restorer, negatives – photographic processing
  • retoucher, negatives
  • slide maker – photographic processing
  • splicer, films – photographic processing
  • spotter, negatives – film processing
  • technician, darkroom – photographic processing
  • technician, film processing
  • technician, photo
  • technician, photo lab
  • tender, developer-printer machine
  • tender, film-developing machine
  • tender, film-printing machine
  • tender, quick print machine – photographic processing
  • X-ray film developer
  • X-ray plate developer


  • Film strippers and assemblers and negative retouchers 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)


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