Job prospects Licensed Dental Therapist in Canada

People working as a licensed dental therapist 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 outlooks are applicable to all Dental hygienists and dental therapists (NOC 3222).

Note that the current 2019-2021 Employment Outlook was published in December 2019 based on information available at that time.

Job opportunities over the next 3 years

Explore future job prospects by province and territory.

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

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

35,500

Median age of workers in 2018

39

Average retirement age in 2018

62.0

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 growth in this occupational group was somewhat volatile, and registering a final decline in 2018. Despite this volatility, the long-term upward trend continued over the past three years. The unemployment rate stayed relatively stable at 2.7% in 2018, while the average hourly wage, in real terms, decreased over the period of interest. Finally, the number of unemployed workers per job vacancy remained low, but relatively stable, signaling limited constrains on employment growth. 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 Technical occupations in dental health care, over the period 2019-2028, new job openings (arising from expansion demand and replacement demand) are expected to total 12,900 , while 15,300 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. Job openings are projected to result from both expansion demand and retirements. Employment growth (expansion demand) is expected to be slightly stronger than the average for other occupations. As population grows and a larger share of individuals keeps their original teeth than previous generation did, the need to maintain and treat them is anticipated to continue to fuel the demand for dental care. Nevertheless, this increase could be offset by population aging as older aged groups tend to have less access to dental insurance plans. Nevertheless, the creation of dental hygienists clinics, which can operate without the presence of a dentist, may further stimulate employment growth in this occupational group. Slightly more than half of all job openings are projected to result from retirements, as the retirement rate is projected to be similar to the average for all occupations. With regard to labour supply, due to the specialized nature of this occupation, school leavers are expected to account for the majority of job seekers. Access to this occupation is regulated as licensing by the appropriate provincial/territorial regulatory body is required for dental hygienists (and in some provinces and territories for dental therapists). Still, this occupational group is highly popular among school leavers due to the good placement rates and very low unemployment rates. Overall, school leavers account for more than the total number of job openings. However, work in this occupation is generally perceived as physically demanding as workers tend to lean for lengthy periods of time and require good manual dexterity.

Source Canadian Occupational Projections System – ESDC

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