Job prospects Civil Engineer in New Brunswick

Job opportunities for Civil engineers (NOC 2131) are good in New Brunswick over the next 3 years. This job outlook is also applicable to people working as a civil engineer.

Note that the current 2019-2021 employment prospects were published in December 2019 based on information available at that time. We are working to update this information as soon as possible. In the meantime, visit the Canadian Online Job Posting Dashboard to find the latest data on the demand and work requirements for this occupation. You can also read our newly updated sectoral profiles to learn about recent developments for key economic sectors in your region.

Job opportunities in New Brunswick

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Outlook over the next 3 years

The employment outlook will be good for Civil engineers (NOC 2131) in New Brunswick for the 2019-2021 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

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

Most civil engineers are employed in architectural and engineering firms, providing engineering, design and consulting services, often relating to construction activities. A number of these workers are also employed with local and provincial governments, as these levels of government are typically responsible for maintaining public infrastructure.

Candidates must be registered as a Professional Engineer (P.Eng.), with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of New Brunswick, in order to practice as a Civil engineer. However, employers will often hire university graduates with degrees in civil, construction or transportation engineering, who are working towards accreditation. Digital literacy is an asset and most employers will expect candidates to be comfortable working with some type of computer-aided design (CAD) software.

Other credentials may be required, depending on the field of work. For instance, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification is offered by the Canada Green Building Council and may be required by companies who specialize in green building. Civil engineers may be expected to work outdoors, on occasion.

Here are some key facts about Civil engineers in the New Brunswick region:

  • Approximately 950 people work in this occupation.
  • Civil engineers mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Architectural, engineering and design services (NAICS 5413): 49%
    • Provincial and territorial public administration (NAICS 912): 21%
    • Construction (NAICS 23): 12%
    • Federal government public administration (NAICS 911): 7%
  • The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
    • Full-time workers: more than 95% compared to 83% for all occupations
    • Part-time workers: less than 5% compared to 17% for all occupations
  • 78% of civil engineers work all year, while 22% work only part of the year, compared to 60% and 40% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 31 weeks compared to 29 weeks for all occupations.
  • 7% of civil engineers are self-employed compared to an average of 8% for all occupations.
  • Breakdown by region

    Explore job prospects in New Brunswick by economic region.

    Legend: The job opportunities can be: Undetermined Limited Fair Good

    Source Labour Market Information | Outlook Methodology

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    Job prospects elsewhere in Canada

    We expect that there will be a labour SURPLUS for Civil engineers (NOC 2131) in Canada over the next 10 years.

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