Job prospects Optometrist in Canada
People working as an optometrist 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 Optometrists (NOC 3121).
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.
|Newfoundland and Labrador||Undetermined Undetermined|
|Prince Edward Island||Good Good|
|Nova Scotia||Undetermined Undetermined|
|New Brunswick||Good Good|
|British Columbia||Good Good|
|Yukon Territory||Undetermined Undetermined|
|Northwest Territories||Undetermined Undetermined|
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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.
SHORTAGE: This occupational group is expected to face labour shortage conditions over the period of 2019-2028 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
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 was above the average for all occupations. The unemployment rate fell to reach 0.4% in 2018, well below the historical average for this occupation and the average among all occupations of 5.8%. The combination of a growing number of job vacancies and less unemployed workers resulted in there being less than one unemployed worker per job vacancy in 2018, and this ratio was well below the average for all occupations in all three years. However, the large majority of workers in this occupation are self-employed (71%), which might explain the low unemployment rate and low number of vacancies. Still, the number of usual hours of work increased over the past years, a characteristic that is opposite from the downward trend observed for the overall Canadian labour market. Hence, analysis of key labour market indicators suggests that the number of job seekers was insufficient to fill the job openings in this occupational group.
For Optometrists, chiropractors and other health diagnosing and treating p, over the period 2019-2028, new job openings (arising from expansion demand and replacement demand) are expected to total 19,700 , while 15,400 new job seekers (arising from school leavers, immigration and mobility) are expected to be available to fill them.
The labour shortage conditions seen in recent years are expected to persist into the 2019-2028 period, and would even become more acute as the projected number of job openings is expected to be substantially larger than the projected number of job seekers over that period. Job openings are projected to arise mostly from expansion demand. As the Canadian population ages, the demand for health services and, consequently, the need for health care professionals is expected to increase. For example, the demand for eye care services is anticipated to grow steadily, given the prevalence of age-related eye conditions. Similarly, many individuals with health issues are expected to seek alternative solutions to traditional medicine, which, in conjunction with a wider coverage from private insurance plans, is likely to boost demand for chiropractic care. All in all, optometrists, chiropractors and other health diagnosing and treating professionals are expected to see employment growth above the average for all occupations. More than nearly forty percent of job openings are expected to come from retirement. The retirement rate in this occupational group is expected to be similar to the national average because, although workers are generally slightly older than the average in all occupations, they also tend to retire at a slightly younger age. With regard to labour supply, school leavers are projected to account for just over half of the job seekers in this occupational group over the projection period. Immigrants are expected to make a minimal contribution to the labour supply of this occupation, but mobility from other health occupations is expected to account for nearly forty percent of job seekers.
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