Job prospects Machine Operator - Plastics Processing near Toronto (ON)

Explore current and future job prospects for Plastics processing machine operators near Toronto (ON). These trends also apply to people working as a machine operator - plastics processing.

Note that the current 2019-2021 Employment Outlook was published in December 2019 based on information available at that time.

Recent trends

Balanced labour market

The prospect of finding work in this occupation was fair over the past few years (2016-2018). The number of job openings was about the same as the number of workers available.

Source Labour Market Information | Recent Trends Methodology

Job prospects

machine operator - plastics processing
Outlook over the next 3 years
Fair Fair

The employment outlook will be fair for Plastics processing machine operators (NOC 9422) in the Toronto region for the 2019-2021 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to a moderate number of new positions.
  • Several positions will become available due to retirements.
  • There are several unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.

The Greater Toronto Area is one of the province's key plastic manufacturing hubs with companies located throughout the region. Many of Ontario's largest manufacturers of plastic bottles, foodservice packaging and speciality pipe and vinyl are in the Toronto region. The presence of several major automotive production plants along with more than a third of motor vehicle plastic parts manufacturers in this region will likely continue to support job prospects in this field during the forecast period. Upcoming closures of major automotive plants in the region may affect employment growth over the forecast period.

Here are some key facts about Plastics processing machine operators in the Toronto region:

  • Approximately 4,940 people work in this occupation.
  • Plastics processing machine operators mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Plastics and rubber products manufacturing (NAICS 326): 77%
  • Source Labour Market Information | Outlook Methodology

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