Job prospects Chef in Northwest Territories

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 "chef" was moved from the group Chefs (NOC 6321) to the group Chefs (NOC 62200).

Explore current and future job prospects for people working as a "chef" in Northwest Territories or Canada.

Job opportunities in Northwest Territories

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

Prospects over the next 3 years

The employment outlook will be good for Chefs (NOC 6321) in Northwest Territories for the 2022-2024 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to several new positions.
  • Not many positions will become available due to retirements.
  • There are a small number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.
  • Due to the seasonal nature of this occupation, employment opportunities tend to be more favourable during the summer months.
  • Consumer demand for accommodation and food services is expected to increase across the territories during the forecast period, resulting in increased employment opportunities. This is the result of the lifting of most COVID-19 restrictions in the territories and the return of tourism to the region in 2022.
  • Labour shortages in accommodation and food services in the territories and across Canada are expected to continue in the forecast period. Labour shortages in accommodation and food services in the territories are the result of multiple factors including: changing worker preferences, job uncertainty, low rates of pay, and a lack of affordable housing options in many communities .
  • Chefs and cooks in the territories may receive compensation in addition to their wages such as free or discounted meals, subsidized accommodation, tips, and regular overtime pay.

Here are some key facts about Chefs in Northwest Territories:

  • Approximately 50 people worked in this occupation in May 2016.
  • Chefs mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Tourism & Culture (NAICS 51, 71-72): 62%
    • Health care and social services (NAICS 62): 17%
    • Wholesale and Retail Trade (NAICS 41, 44-45): 7%
    • Public Administration and Defence (NAICS 91): 7%
    • Other Commercial Services (NAICS 54-56, 81): 7%
  • The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
    • Full-time workers: 86% compared to 86% for all occupations
    • Part-time workers: 14% compared to 14% for all occupations
  • 50% of chefs work all year, while 50% work only part of the year, compared to 64% and 36% respectively among all occupations.
  • 14% of chefs are self-employed compared to an average of 6% for all occupations.
  • The gender distribution of people in this occupation is:
    • Men: 69% compared to 53% for all occupations
    • Women: 31% compared to 47% for all occupations
  • The educational attainment of workers in this occupation is:
    • no high school diploma: n/a
    • high school diploma or equivalent: 21% compared to 22% for all occupations
    • apprenticeship or trades certificate or diploma: 21% compared to 11% for all occupations
    • college certificate or diploma or university certificate below bachelor's: 43% compared to 24% for all occupations
    • bachelor's degree: n/a
    • university certificate, degree or diploma above bachelor level: n/a

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