Job prospects Quality Control Chemist in Ontario

Job opportunities for Chemists (NOC 2112) are fair in Ontario over the next 3 years. These job prospects are also applicable to people working as a quality control chemist.

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 in Ontario

quality control chemist
Prospects over the next 3 years

The employment outlook will be fair for Chemists (NOC 2112) in Ontario for the 2019-2021 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

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

Chemists primarily work in the manufacturing industry, mainly for chemical producers or in the professional, scientific and technical services industry in research and development. A smaller number also work in the federal government.

Chemical goods are used in nearly all manufacturing operations as well as for construction purposes. Steady activity in several manufacturing industries should sustain the need for chemical expertise to support research and analysis, product development, and quality control. The level of construction activity will likely also remain strong in the province and federal budget commitments to science and research should support work in this field over the forecast period.

Within chemical manufacturing, most chemists work in pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing, which has seen some growth over the last few years. This area will likely continue to grow because of greater demand for pharmaceutical products, increased sales of generic drugs, growth of biopharmaceuticals and biosimilars, and the expanding field of nanopharmaceuticals. This may lead to more opportunities for chemists to research products and conduct sampling and analysis programs, and work in emerging areas at these manufacturing plants. In particular, job prospects may be better in the Greater Toronto Area and central Ontario where most pharmaceutical companies are located.

Increased use of business models that rely on outsourcing manufacturing operations to contract development and manufacturing organizations (CDMOs), many of which are located in Ontario, could also support job growth over the forecast period. The establishment of the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR) and the legalization of recreational marijuana have lead to multiple investments in this subindustry, boosting job prospects for chemists. However, efforts to reduce the cost of patented drugs by modernizing the pricing framework could create some instability.

Chemists in the professional, scientific and technical services industry often undertake research and development services for a variety of businesses and the public sector. Growth in areas related to nanotechnology and polymers may support job opportunities in this field as companies seek out services and solutions that are more specialized for healthcare, environmental planning, food sciences, and agricultural production.

Although chemists often hold at least a bachelor's degree in chemistry, biochemistry, or a related discipline, a master's or doctoral degree may be required to work as a research chemist. Some employers may require professional designation from the Association of the Chemical Profession of Ontario. Job seekers may need experience in a particular field of chemistry such as pharmaceutical, industrial chemicals, or organic chemistry. Those with knowledge of various sampling techniques and familiarity with analytical chemistry, chromatography, and spectroscopy will likely have more favourable job prospects. Chemists in manufacturing environments may need to be familiar with Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) and other regulatory standards. Job seekers that have experience with Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) as well as writing technical reports will likely fare better in the labour market.

Here are some key facts about Chemists in the Ontario region:

  • Approximately 4,400 people work in this occupation.
  • Chemists mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Chemical manufacturing (NAICS 325): 39%
    • Other professional, scientific and technical services (NAICS 5414, 5416-5419): 17%
    • Federal government public administration (NAICS 911): 9%
    • Wholesale trade (NAICS 41): 6%
    • Architectural, engineering and design services (NAICS 5413): 5%
  • The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
    • Full-time workers: more than 95% compared to 79% for all occupations
    • Part-time workers: less than 5% compared to 21% for all occupations
  • 75% of chemists work all year, while 25% 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 35 weeks compared to 31 weeks for all occupations.
  • Less than 5% of chemists are self-employed compared to an average of 12% for all occupations.
  • Breakdown by region

    Explore job prospects in Ontario by economic region.

    Location Job prospects
    Hamilton–Niagara Peninsula Region Good Good
    Kingston–Pembroke Region Good Good
    Kitchener–Waterloo–Barrie Region Fair Fair
    London Region Good Good
    Muskoka–Kawarthas Region Undetermined Undetermined
    Northeast Region Undetermined Undetermined
    Northwest Region Undetermined Undetermined
    Ottawa Region Fair Fair
    Stratford–Bruce Peninsula Region Undetermined Undetermined
    Toronto Region Fair Fair
    Windsor-Sarnia Region Fair Fair
    Legend: The job opportunities can be: Undetermined Limited Fair Good

    Source Labour Market Information | Prospects Methodology

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    Job prospects elsewhere in Canada

    We expect that the labour supply and demand for Chemists (NOC 2112) will be balanced in Canada over the next 10 years.

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