Job prospects Machine Operator - Plastics Processing in Alberta

National Occupational Classification update

We have updated this page to reflect the transition to the 2021 version of the National Occupational Classification (NOC). This means that the occupation "machine operator - plastics processing" was moved from the group Plastics processing machine operators (NOC 9422) to the group Plastics processing machine operators (NOC 94111).

Explore current and future job prospects for people working as a "machine operator - plastics processing" in Alberta or Canada.

Job opportunities in Alberta

Note that these outlooks are based on the 2016 version of the NOC. Learn more about our methodology.

machine operator - plastics processing
Prospects over the next 3 years
Moderate

The employment outlook will be moderate for Plastics processing machine operators (NOC 9422) in Alberta for the 2022-2024 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.

Here are some key facts about Plastics processing machine operators in Alberta:

  • Approximately 800 people worked in this occupation in May 2016.
  • Plastics processing machine operators mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Plastics and rubber products manufacturing (NAICS 326): 66%
  • The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
    • Full-time workers: 94% compared to 81% for all occupations
    • Part-time workers: 6% compared to 19% for all occupations
  • 59% of plastics processing machine operators work all year, while 41% work only part of the year, compared to 59% and 41% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 32 weeks compared to 32 weeks for all occupations.
  • less than 5% of plastics processing machine operators are self-employed compared to an average of 12% for all occupations.
  • The gender distribution of people in this occupation is:
    • Men: 78% compared to 54% for all occupations
    • Women: 22% compared to 46% for all occupations
  • The educational attainment of workers in this occupation is:
    • no high school diploma: 19% compared to 12% for all occupations
    • high school diploma or equivalent: 37% compared to 28% for all occupations
    • apprenticeship or trades certificate or diploma: 6% compared to 10% for all occupations
    • college certificate or diploma or university certificate below bachelor's: 21% compared to 24% for all occupations
    • bachelor's degree: 12% compared to 18% for all occupations
    • university certificate, degree or diploma above bachelor level: less than 5% compared to 8% for all occupations

Breakdown by region

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Labour market conditions over the next 10 years

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