Job prospects Chief Of Operating Area in Canada

People working as a chief of operating area 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 Managers in health care (NOC 0311).

Note: These employment prospects were published in December 2021 based on the information available at the time of analysis. The next update will be in December 2022. To learn more, see our FAQs. You can also find additional information on the Canadian Online Job Posting Dashboard.

Job opportunities over the next 3 years

Explore future job prospects by province and territory.

Location Job prospects
Newfoundland and Labrador Good Good
Prince Edward Island Good Good
Nova Scotia Good Good
New Brunswick Good Good
Quebec Good Good
Ontario Good Good
Manitoba Good Good
Saskatchewan Good Good
Alberta Good Good
British Columbia Good Good
Yukon Territory Good Good
Northwest Territories Fair Fair
Nunavut Undetermined Undetermined
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.


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


Median age of workers in 2018


Average retirement age in 2018


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 in this occupational group increased at a rate similar to the rest of the occupations. The unemployment rate rose slightly, and standing at 3.3% in 2018, just above its long-term average, but remaining well below the national average of 5.8%. The job vacancy rate stayed stable and below the national average, while the hourly wage was still one of the highest among all occupations. 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 Managers in health care, over the period 2019-2028, new job openings (arising from expansion demand and replacement demand) are expected to total 20,100 , while 22,000 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 relatively similar over the 2019-2028 period, it is expected that the balance between labour supply and demand seen in recent years will continue over the projection period. The majority of job openings are projected to arise from retirements over the 2019-2028 period, as the retirement rate in this occupation is expected to be one of the highest among all occupations. Workers in this occupational group are typically substantially older than the average and tend to retire at a younger age. Moreover, demographic changes are expected to put pressure on the health care system, increasing the demand for health care professionals, including managers in the health sector. With regard to labour supply, given the managerial nature of the job in this occupational group, most candidates will come from other occupations, particularly from professionals within the health sector, where they have already acquired experience. Nevertheless, almost 13% and of job seekers are still projected to come from immigration or the school system (about 7% and 6% respectively).

Source Canadian Occupational Projections System – ESDC

Labour Market Information Survey
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