Job prospects Elementary School Teacher's Aide in Canada

People working as an elementary school teacher's aide have different job prospects depending on where they work in Canada. Find out what the future holds for them in your province or territory. These prospects are applicable to all Elementary and secondary school teacher assistants (NOC 4413).

Note that these employment prospects were published in December 2019 based on information available at that time. You can read our new special report to learn about the impact of COVID-19 on some occupations in your province or territory. You can also visit the Canadian Online Job Posting Dashboard to find the latest data on the demand and work requirements for this occupation.

Job opportunities over the next 3 years

Explore future job prospects by province and territory.

Location Job prospects
Newfoundland and Labrador Fair Fair
Prince Edward Island Fair Fair
Nova Scotia Fair Fair
New Brunswick Good Good
Quebec Good Good
Ontario Limited Limited
Manitoba Good Good
Saskatchewan Fair Fair
Alberta Fair Fair
British Columbia Good Good
Yukon Territory Fair Fair
Northwest Territories Fair Fair
Nunavut Good Good
Legend: The job opportunities can be: Undetermined Limited Fair Good

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Labour market conditions over the next 10 years

Take a closer look at the projected labour demand and supply for this occupation over the 2019-2028 period. For more information on future job trends, go to the Canadian Occupational Projections System.

Summary

BALANCE: Labour demand and labour supply are expected to be broadly in line for this occupation group over the 2019-2028 period at the national level. The section below contains more detailed information regarding the outlook for this occupational group.

Employment in 2018

98,200

Median age of workers in 2018

46

Average retirement age in 2018

65.0

Detailed analysis

In order to determine the expected outlook of an occupation, the magnitude of the difference between the projected total numbers of new job seekers and job openings over the whole projection period (2019-2028) is analyzed in conjunction with an assessment of labour market conditions in recent years. The intention is to determine if recent labour market conditions (surplus, balance or shortage) are expected to persist or change over the period 2019-2028. For instance, if the analysis of key labour market indicators suggests that the number of job seekers was insufficient to fill the job openings (a shortage of workers) in an occupational group in recent years, the projections are used to assess if this situation will continue over the projection period or if the occupation will move towards balanced conditions.

Over the 2016-2018 period, employment growth in this occupational group declined. This was reflected in a light increase of its unemployment rate to reach 11.5%, remaining similar to its long-term average, but well above the national average of 5.8%. The stable number of jobless workers combined with an increase in the job vacancies resulted in a decline in the available workers to fill those vacancies. However, this ratio remained above the average for all occupations. It is important to highlight that seasonality plays an important role in the availability of workers in this occupation. In fact, during typical school months (usually September to June), the unemployment rate is always substantially below the average in other occupations, while it could reach about 50% during the off-school months (July and August). Hence, analysis of key labour market indicators suggests that the number of job seekers was sufficient to fill the job openings in this occupational group.

For Elementary and secondary school teacher assistants, over the period 2019-2028, new job openings (arising from expansion demand and replacement demand) are expected to total 40,200 , while 41,600 new job seekers (arising from school leavers, immigration and mobility) are expected to be available to fill them.

As job openings and job seekers are projected to be at relatively similar levels over the 2019-2028 period, the balance between labour supply and demand seen in recent years is expected to continue over the projection period. The majority of job openings are projected to arise from retirements, accounting for about 60% of all available jobs. Pressures arising from these departures are anticipated to be in line with the average for all occupations. Employment growth is anticipated to also be at par with the average for all occupations, accounting for slightly more than one-quarter of the job openings. The growth in the number of children aged 5 to 17 years old will stimulate labour demand in this occupational group. However, job creation is projected to be limited by government budget constraints. In addition, technology will also impact the demand for these workers. For example, the growing use of educational tablets in the K-12 schooling system (i.e. from kindergarten to 12th grade) has brought mobility to the classroom while increasing productivity and improving learning. On the other hand, technology will also complement their tasks. For instance, teachers and assistants can utilize it to access virtual expert improvement courses (most are free) and make personal learning networks (PLN) to discover resources, share thoughts, and get support from colleagues that could potentially be beyond school geographical boarders.

With regard to labour supply, school leavers are projected to account for the majority of job seekers. An important number of workers from other occupations are expected to search for a job in this occupational grouping looking for job stability and as the seemingly good working conditions. Indeed, employers usually require the completion of a 10-month college program in teaching assistance or other related programs, which can be completed taking evening, weekend, or online classes while working in another occupation. Finally, this occupational group is also expected to attract a fair share of new immigrants.

Source Canadian Occupational Projections System – ESDC

Labour Market Information Survey
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