Job prospects Food Counter Attendant in the Estrie Region

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 "food counter attendant" was moved from the group Food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related support occupations (NOC 6711) to the group Food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related support occupations (NOC 65201).

Explore current and future job prospects for people working as "Food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related support occupations" in the Estrie Region or Canada.

Current and future job prospects

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

Recent trends from the past 3 years

The prospect of finding work in this occupation was fair over the past few years (2019-2021). The number of job openings was about the same as the number of workers available.

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Job outlook over the next 3 years

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Prospects over the next 3 years

The employment outlook will be moderate for Food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related support occupations (NOC 6711) in the Estrie region 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 several unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.
  • High employee turnover in this occupation could lead to additional employment opportunities.
  • Health restrictions to curb the transmission of COVID-19 have greatly affected the restaurant industry. This occupation has been the least affected in the sector, as health measures have been less severe for quick service establishments (products selected at a counter or by phone and paid for before being eaten), where a good portion of jobs in this occupation are found. Despite the easing of health measures and economic recovery, the occupation has not returned to pre-pandemic employment levels. As a result, future job growth will come from making up for the jobs lost during this crisis.
  • Employment levels may not return to pre-pandemic levels due to the economic context, the slow recovery of tourism activities and changes in consumer habits. Rising prices and interest rates may slow demand for food services. On the one hand, restaurant owners are experiencing increased operating costs that they will have to add to the cost of meals. On the other hand, a decrease in household disposable income could affect restaurant demand, but the industry will be less affected by the decline in meals sold and meals eaten in dining rooms to the benefit of fast food and take-out meals.
  • Given that people are continuing to work from home and given the fragility of leisure and business tourism, this could deprive restaurants of a good part of their clientele, especially in city centres.
  • People with experience will easily find work. In addition, the scarcity of available labour will improve prospects for less experienced job seekers.

While it will be moderate elsewhere, the employment outlook for this occupation will be limited in the following regions:

  • Côte-Nord, Nord-du-Québec, due to a higher proportion of unemployed

Here are some key facts about Food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related support occupations in the Estrie region:

  • Approximately 2,730 people work in this occupation.
  • Food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related support occupations mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Accommodation and food services (NAICS 72): 71%
    • Nursing and residential care facilities and social assistance (NAICS 623-624): 12%
    • Ambulatory health care services and hospitals (NAICS 621-622): 7%

Source Labour Market Information | Prospects Methodology

Labour market conditions over the next 10 years

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