Job prospects Industrial Arts Teacher - Elementary School in Canada

People working as an industrial arts teacher - elementary school 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 Elementary school and kindergarten teachers (NOC 4032).

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.

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

322,000

Median age of workers in 2018

41

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 in this occupational group increased at a pace that was two times stronger than the average for all occupations. Despite these job gains, the unemployment rate increased slightly to 4.3% in 2018, but remaining below the national average of 5.8%. However, the number of job vacancies increased at a slightly faster pace than the number of jobless workers in the occupation. As a result, the number of unemployed available to fill those vacant positions declined over the past three years, but remained well above the average among all occupations. It is important to highlight that seasonality plays an important role in the availability of workers in this occupation. In fact, during typical school months (usually September to June), the unemployment rate is often substantially below the average in other occupations. Hence, the analysis of key labour market indicators, such as the increase in the number of workers available to fill vacancies, suggests that the number of job seekers was sufficient to fill the job openings in this occupational group.

For Elementary school and kindergarten teachers, over the period 2019-2028, new job openings (arising from expansion demand and replacement demand) are expected to total 97,900 , while 108,300 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 at relatively similar levels over the 2019-2028 period, the balance between labour supply and demand seen in recent years is expected to continue over the projection period. Job openings are projected to arise mainly from retirements, accounting for almost half of job openings. Pressures arising from these departures are anticipated to be in line with the national average as workers in this occupational grouping have a similar age structure than in other occupations. Employment growth is also expected to be in line with the average for all occupations, primarily reflecting much stronger gains in population aged 5 to 17 as the children of the millennial generation will begin to reach the age where they start primary school.

In addition, the demographic outlook assumes that the Government of Canada will progressively increase the number of immigrants entering the country, with the primary goal of reuniting families, which could potentially raise the number of immigrants' children entering the primary and secondary school systems. On the other hand, population aging will continue to erode the federal and provincial tax bases, putting pressures on governments' expenditures in educational services. Furthermore, technology will also impact the demand for these workers. For example, with the use of learning management systems (LMS), students can access online resources to get assistance beyond the physical reach of their teacher. For students who need to spend more time practicing a concept, online exercises can also help them work at their own pace and still keep up with their peers. The growing use of educational tablets in the K-12 schooling system (i.e. from kindergarten to 12th grade) has brought mobility to the classroom while increasing productivity and improving learning. On the other hand, technology will also complement teachers tasks. For instance, they can utilize it to access virtual expert improvement courses (most are free) and make personal learning networks (PLN) to discover resources, share thoughts, and get support from colleagues that could potentially be beyond school geographical borders.

With regard to labour supply, school leavers are projected to account for the majority of job seekers. This occupational grouping is anticipated to attract a high proportion of school leavers due to, notably, good working conditions and the desire to make a difference in youth. Moreover, only a small number of new immigrants will start working in this occupational group because a provincial teaching certificate is required. Finally, a number of workers are also expected to leave this occupational group over the projection period. While some will accept a promotion to become school principals and administrators of elementary and secondary education (NOC 0422), others will simply opt for new challenges in occupations such as secondary school teachers (NOC 4031) or education policy researchers, consultants and program officers (NOC 4166).

Source Canadian Occupational Projections System – ESDC

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