Explore Careers - Job Market Report
Business development officers and marketing researchers and consultants conduct research, formulate policies and manage programs to stimulate industrial and commercial business investment or tourism in urban and rural areas or to promote commercial or industrial products and services. They are employed by government departments, international organizations, marketing firms and business associations or may be self-employed.
business development officer, community economic development consultant, economic development officer, industrial development officer, market researcher, marketing analyst, marketing consultant, regional development analyst, tourism development officer, tourism industry consultant.
- Develop policies and administer programs to promote industrial and commercial business investment in urban and rural areas
- Design market research questionnaires
- Conduct social or economic surveys on local, regional or national areas to assess development potential and future trends
- Plan development projects and co-ordinate activities with representatives of a wide variety of industrial and commercial enterprises, community and business associations and government agencies
- Assess business opportunities and develop strategies to attract venture capital
- Respond to enquiries from members of the business community and general public concerning development opportunities
- Review and evaluate commercial or industrial development proposals and provide advice on procedures and requirements for government approval
- Conduct surveys and analyze data on the buying habits and preferences of wholesale or retail consumers
- Evaluate customer service and store environments
- Conduct comparative research on marketing strategies for industrial and commercial products
- Develop social and economic profiles of urban and rural areas to encourage industrial and commercial investment and development.
- Prepare reports, research papers, educational texts or articles
- Plan and develop E-commerce strategies
- Provide consultation on planning and starting of new businesses.
Sydney, Port Hawkesbury, Belgiumtown, Bras d'Or, Bridgeport, Caledonia, Centreville Reserve Mines, Dominion, East Slope, Florence, Gannon Road, Glace Bay, Havenside, Hub, Kaneville, Little Bras d'Or, Louisbourg, McKays Corner, McLeods Crossing, Morien Hill, New Aberdeen, New Victoria, New Waterford, North Sydney, Passchendaele, Reserve Mines, Reserve Rows, River Ryan, Scotchtown, Steeles Hill, Sterling, Sydney Mines, Table Head, Tomkinsville
Outlook & Prospects for Business Development Officers and Marketing Researchers and Consultants in Cape Breton Region
The future forecast and current conditions for an occupation can vary based on location or due to changes in the economy, technology, or demand for a product or service.
Provincial Employment Potential Information
The following table identifies employment conditions within Nova Scotia.
|Location||Employment Potential||Release Date|
|Nova Scotia||(2 of 3 stars)||2014-05-15|
For the 2013-2015 projection period, employment opportunities will be fair for Business Development Officers and Marketing Researchers and Consultants (NOC 4163) in Nova Scotia. Compared with all other occupations, fewer job openings are expected in this occupation as a result of workers retiring. In addition, there should be proportionately more unemployed workers with experience in this occupation to compete for available jobs. However, this will be partially offset by average employment growth.
According to the 2011 National Household Survey, the average age for this occupation in Nova Scotia was 41 years and 14% of workers were 55 years old and older. Also, according to the Labour Force Survey, approximately 600 people worked in this occupation in 2013.
|Location||Employment Potential||Release Date|
|Annapolis Valley Region||(Undetermined)||2014-07-31|
|Cape Breton Region||(Undetermined)||2014-07-31|
|North Shore Region||(Undetermined)||2014-07-31|
Labour Market Bulletins
An analysis of the local labour market and an assessment of local employment-related events.
- July 2014 | (PDF, 752 KB)
- June 2014 | (PDF, 616 KB)
- May 2014 | (PDF, 864 KB)
- April 2014 | (PDF, 864 KB)
- March 2014 | (PDF, 595 KB)
- February 2014 | (PDF, 595 KB)
- January 2014 | (PDF, 605 KB)
- Annual Edition 2013 | (PDF, 746 KB) new
- December 2013 | (PDF, 539 KB)
- November 2013 | (PDF, 540 KB)
- October 2013 | (PDF, 547 KB)
- September 2013 | (PDF, 240 KB)
- August 2013 | (PDF, 447 KB)
- July 2013 | (PDF, 515 KB)
- June 2013 | (PDF, 436 KB)
- May 2013 | (PDF, 446 KB)
- April 2013 | (PDF, 317 KB)
- March 2013 | (PDF, 234 KB)
- February 2013 | (PDF, 436 KB)
- January 2013 | (PDF, 294 KB)
- Annual Edition 2012 | (PDF, 414 KB)
Provincial / Territorial Labour Market NewsWeek of Aug 18 - Aug 22, 2014
- A number of new retailers are coming to the Halifax region this fall; Sephora, Alia and TanJay, Gymboree and Nine West Shoe Studio will open at the Mic Mac Mall. Spencer's Gifts will open in the Halifax Shopping Centre this fall. Marshalls will open its second store in the Halifax region in August in the Bayers Lake Business Park.
- Scanway Catering Cake & Pastry Shop café has opened on Grafton Street and will offer a vibrant menu and rooftop patio
- Trenton Park is hoping to have TreeGo, an aerial adventure course, installed and open by the spring of 2015. It will employ eight local staff.
- The Battered Fish Fish & Chip Company opened its seventh location in Fall River in August. The company wants to continue to expand and is hoping to open franchised locations in Burnside Park and Toronto.
- Bubba Ray's Sports Bar has opened a second location in the old Red Fox Bar & Grill location off Bayer's Road. They have hired seven new staff members.
- Royal DSM NV will receive up to $6.2M from the provincial government if they create and maintain jobs at their fish oil processing plant in Mulgrave. Some of this money, specifically $1.2M, would be in the form of payroll rebates.
- Dollarama and Stitch it Clothing Alterations at the Halifax Shopping Centre will close by the end of August. Black's Photography, which has stores in the Halifax Shopping Centre and the Mic Mac Mall, will also close at the end of August.
- The Java Bead, a bead shop that offered custom work, repairs and classes on King St. in Bridgewater, will close at the end of August
- David¿s Bridal, a retailer of bridal fashions across North America, has opened a store in Dartmouth Crossing, and expects to hire 28 workers
- 902 Athletics, featuring a gym, athletic development, nutritional services and massage therapy, has opened on Logan Road in Bridgewater
- Black¿s Photography will close its last two stores in Nova Scotia, which are located in the Halifax Shopping Centre and in the Mic Mac Mall in Dartmouth. No timeline was given for the closures.
- According to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp., housing starts are expected to drop 14.5% in Nova Scotia in 2014, and a further 1.5% in 2015. Halifax should see a 7.7% drop in 2014 over 2013, and a further 6.7% drop in 2015. A slow economy and westward population migration are mentioned as factors behind the drops.
- Harbour Isle Halifax Inc. will add two 16-storey residential towers in 2015 to a recently completed 12-storey tower at its $250M construction project at Wright¿s Cove in Dartmouth. Also, a multimillion-dollar residential-commercial development will begin on the site of the former National Film Board building on Barrington Street in Halifax within a few weeks.
- Cafeteria services at the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre in Amherst will end in September 2014. Meals will continue to be prepared for patients, and no full-time jobs will be lost. Casual positions, however, could be affected.
- A new multimillion-dollar wastewater treatment facility will be built in Windsor, with financial assistance from three levels of government
- Southwest Properties will begin construction on the $500M, 10-year Seton Ridge retail and residential project in Rockingham in 2015. Pete¿s Fine Foods will open its fourth Halifax area grocery store in early 2017 in the new development.
- According to the Nova Scotia Child Care Association, low wages paid to child care workers in the province create staffing challenges. Child care workers marched in Sydney in August to raise awareness around low pay.
- The Gahan House will open in the Historic Properties in Halifax in September, and the pub will hire more than 50 workers. Resumes are being accepted for positions as hosts, servers, bartenders, dishwashers, line cooks and managers.
- Winners, a department store chain, will open a store in the Truro Mall in Truro in August
- The Mountain Gap Inn in Smiths Cove, Digby County has closed. The business had been operating since 1915.
- Finewood Flooring Limited, a Middle River-based hardwood flooring company, has closed and laid off its workers. There were up to 18 people working at the plant during peak periods. The company indicates it had no reliable, year-round supply of wood.
- Dartmouth-based wind turbine manufacturer Seaforth Energy Inc. has laid off its staff as it deals with financial difficulties and tries to sell the company. While the exact number of employees is not known, there were about 20 workers with the company in 2013.
- Chop¿s Meat Market has opened on Wright Avenue in Burnside
- According to the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council (APEC), Nova Scotia¿s economy has benefitted from an increase in seafood, wood pulp, and natural gas exports during the first half of 2014, as well as major construction projects in Halifax. However, weakening employment and slowdowns in retail spending and home construction are being felt across the province.
- Workers at a Petro-Canada gas bar that closed recently in Glenholme have been offered jobs at a separately-run Petro-Canada operation scheduled to open within a few weeks in nearby Masstown
- According to the Cape Breton Building Trades Association, construction activity in Cape Breton is the slowest it has been in 20 years, and the majority of union members are either without work or have had to go west to find jobs
- The Town of Antigonish and the union representing workers with its electric utility have signed an agreement which will result in a 30% payout of accumulated sick leave, and the return of wages lost by members during a lockout in July 2014
- Australia-based Liquefied Natural Gas Ltd. will purchase an abandoned gas export site near Port Hawkesbury. If the plans to develop a storage facility materialize, 45-75 direct, 175 indirect, and 600-700 construction jobs would be created.
- According to local unions and partners, the Maritime Link hydroelectric project will provide a boost to Cape Breton's construction industry, and slow down the out-migration of workers. Agreements have recently been reached between the partners on wages and benefits for workers who will be involved in the project.
- The financial services company, Manulife, will add claims processing, underwriting, management and contact centre positions to its 750 member staff over the next five years in Halifax with the help of a provincial payroll rebate program
- Halifax-based Kinduct Technologies, a developer of health, fitness, and sport performance software used in customized fitness programs, has signed contracts with the Orlando Magic and Washington Wizards of the National Basketball Association. The company has 30 employees in Halifax.
- Fisheries and Oceans Canada will spend $3.5M on improvements to small craft harbours in the federal electoral district of Central Nova. Multiyear construction of a breakwater wharf at Caribou will be among the projects.
- According to the executive director of the Children and Family Services division, the recruitment of social workers, particularly to rural areas of Nova Scotia, can be a challenge
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