Job prospects Electrical Engineer in Canada

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 "electrical engineer" was moved from the group Electrical and electronics engineers (NOC 2133) to the group Electrical and electronics engineers (NOC 21310).

Explore current and future job prospects for people working as an "electrical engineer" in Canada.

Job opportunities over the next 3 years

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

Breakdown by province and territory

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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

40,100

Median age of workers in 2018

43

Median retirement age in 2018

63.0

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 in this occupational group increased slightly. The employment statistic has been volatile since the early 2000s, not evidencing any clear upward or downward tendency. The unemployment rate in 2016 was at a level that was just below those seen during the dot com bubble burst in the early 2000s and during the 2008-2009 recession. However, it fell substantially during the 2016-2018 period, ending far below the Canadian average as well as its own historical average. The numbers of job vacancies was somewhat low. Finally, the number of unemployed workers per job vacancy fell during the period, but mostly due a decline in the number of unemployed workers. Hence, the analysis of key labour market indicators suggests that the number of job seekers was sufficient to fill the job openings in this occupational group over the 2016-2018 period.

For Electrical and electronics engineers, over the period 2019-2028, new job openings (arising from expansion demand and replacement demand) are expected to total 13,300 , while 16,600 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 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 employment growth and retirements. The retirement rate is expected to be similar to the average of all occupations as these workers tend to have a similar age structure to that of all occupations and tend to retire at a similar age. Indeed, retirements will represent about 58% of total job openings, a proportion similar to the average of all occupations. Employment is also expected to continue growing at a rate similar to the average of all occupations. Job growth in this occupation depends to a large extend on the demand for computer, electronic and electrical products, but also on the demand for machines and equipment with electrical and electronic components. Demand will be driven by the solid pace of growth anticipated in consumer spending on electronics and in business investment in machinery and equipment (including ICT products) in Canada and the United States over the projection period. However, the computer, electronic and electrical products manufacturing industry will continue to shift to higher end products that have a stronger dependency on machinery and require workers with a more specialized skillset. The shift away from communications equipment and computer manufacturing to measuring, control, navigational and medical device manufacturing might limit employment growth. As a result, employment growth will be positive, but constrained by productivity gains. With regard to labour supply, the majority of job seekers are expected to come directly from the school system. The number of school leavers will remain stable over the projection period, partly reflecting robust registrations in the past years. Immigrants are also expected to be a major source of labour supply in this occupation. This is largely because foreigners in this occupational group coming from countries with a free trade agreement with Canada might be eligible to work in Canada, simplifying their entry and permanency in the country. A significant number of workers will seek opportunities in other related professions, such as engineering managers or another related engineering occupation such as computer engineers (NOC 2147).

Source Canadian Occupational Projections System – ESDC

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