Job prospects Architect in Ontario
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Explore current and future job prospects for people working as an "architect" in Ontario or Canada.

Job opportunities in Ontario

Note: These outlooks were updated on November 29th, 2023. Learn more about our methodology.

Prospects over the next 3 years

Very good

The employment outlook will be very good for Architects (NOC 21200) in Ontario for the 2023-2025 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to several new positions.
  • A moderate number of positions will become available due to retirements.
  • There are a small number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.

What Types of Employers Are Out There?

  • The majority are directly employed in architectural and engineering services

What are the Main Trends Affecting Employment?

  • Population growth, which is resulting in high levels of residential construction in various areas of the province
  • Opportunities expected to support the design of energy efficient new and retrofitted older buildings
  • Significant public sector funding for transit-related infrastructure projects

What Skills Do I Need to Succeed?

  • The Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) regulates the profession; individuals offering or providing architectural services must be licensed and hold a Certificate of Practice
    • Options are available for internationally trained architects to pursue licensure in the province
  • In addition to other formal education, employers tend to seek individuals with proficiency in using software such as Revit and AutoCAD.

Here are some key facts about Architects in Ontario:

  • Approximately 9,300 people work in this occupation.
  • Architects mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Architectural, engineering and design services (NAICS 5413): 82%
  • The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
    • Full-time workers: 93% compared to 81% for all occupations
    • Part-time workers: 7% compared to 19% for all occupations
  • 77% of architects work all year, while 23% work only part of the year, compared to 63% and 37% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 46 weeks compared to 43 weeks for all occupations.
  • 24% of architects are self-employed compared to an average of 15% for all occupations.
  • The gender distribution of people in this occupation is:
    • Men: 64% compared to 52% for all occupations
    • Women: 36% compared to 48% for all occupations
  • The educational attainment of workers in this occupation is:
    • no high school diploma: less than 5% compared to 9% for all occupations
    • high school diploma or equivalent: less than 5% compared to 25% for all occupations
    • apprenticeship or trades certificate or diploma: less than 5% compared to 8% for all occupations
    • college certificate or diploma or university certificate below bachelor's: 7% compared to 22% for all occupations
    • bachelor's degree: 40% compared to 24% for all occupations
    • university certificate, degree or diploma above bachelor level: 51% compared to 13% for all occupations

Breakdown by region

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Labour market conditions over the next 10 years

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