Job prospects Psychologist in the Estrie Region

Explore current and future job prospects for Psychologists in the Estrie Region. These trends also apply to people working as a psychologist.

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.

Recent trends

Balanced labour market

The prospect of finding work in this occupation was fair over the past few years (2016-2018). The number of job openings was about the same as the number of workers available.

Source Labour Market Information | Recent Trends Methodology

Job prospects

Prospects over the next 3 years
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The employment outlook will be good for Psychologists (NOC 4151) in the Estrie region for the 2019-2021 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment is expected to remain relatively stable.
  • Several positions will become available due to retirements.
  • There are a small number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.

Opportunities will be available to individuals who meet the requirements of the Ordre des psychologues du Québec. Membership in this professional order is mandatory to use the title of psychologist. Since 2006, the professional doctorate in psychology is the minimum requirement to become a psychologist in Quebec. Universities are no longer welcoming new master's students, except in research, as master's programs have been replaced by new professional doctoral programs.

The evolution of employment in this occupation depends on the demand for psychological services and government spending on these services. In recent years, the increase in the number of psychologists is mainly due to the growth and diversification of social services needs. Increasingly aware of the problems of violence, poverty, stress and various addictions, the population is asking for concrete interventions in the health and social services sector as well as in the school network, private practice or employee assistance programs. In the medium term, the coverage of psychological care by many insurance companies will continue to favor the interventions of psychologists in private practice, while the demand in schools and in the public health and social services network will vary according to governmental budgetary allocations.

Here are some key facts about Psychologists in the Estrie region:

  • Approximately 380 people work in this occupation.
  • Psychologists mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Ambulatory health care services and hospitals (NAICS 621-622): 68%
    • Educational services (NAICS 61): 21%
    • Nursing and residential care facilities and social assistance (NAICS 623-624): 7%
  • Source Labour Market Information | Prospects Methodology

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