Job prospects Industrial Engineer in Canada
People working as an industrial engineer 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 Industrial and manufacturing engineers (NOC 2141).
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.
|Newfoundland and Labrador||Undetermined Undetermined|
|Prince Edward Island||Undetermined Undetermined|
|Nova Scotia||Good Good|
|New Brunswick||Fair Fair|
|British Columbia||Undetermined Undetermined|
|Yukon Territory||Undetermined Undetermined|
|Northwest Territories||Undetermined Undetermined|
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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.
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
Median age of workers in 2018
Average retirement age in 2018
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 decreased by around 3% annually. However, the level of employment has been trendless since the 1990s. The unemployment rate rose, but remained substantially lower than the national average in 2018, and was at a level comparable to its own historical average. Finally, the number of unemployed workers per job vacancy remained stable during the period. Hence, the analysis of key labour market indicators suggests that the number of job seekers was sufficient to fill the job openings in this occupational group over the 2016-2018 period.
For Industrial and manufacturing engineers & Metallurgical and materials engineers, over the period 2019-2028, new job openings (arising from expansion demand and replacement demand) are expected to total 5,000 , while 6,600 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. The majority of job openings are projected to arise from employment growth and retirements. The retirement rate is expected to be similar to the average of all occupations as these workers tend to have a similar age structure to that of other occupations and tend to retire at a similar age. Still, retirements will represent about 68% of total job openings, a proportion that is higher than the average of all occupations (about 59% of openings). Employment will grow at a slower pace than the average of all occupations. Job creation in this occupational group is driven by growth and investment in the manufacturing sector, linked to the priority given to productivity by manufacturing firms. Indeed, productivity in these firms depends, notably, on planning and logistics and on the development of new production methods, which are under the responsibility of these engineers. Over the projection period, however, it is expected that demand workers in this occupation will be weaker, resulting in slower employment growth than in the past. With regard to labour supply, the majority of job seekers are projected to come directly from the school system. New immigrants are also expected to be a major source of labour supply in this occupation. This is largely because foreigners in this occupational group coming from countries with a free trade agreement with Canada might be eligible to work in Canada, simplifying their entry and permanency in the country. Finally, a significant number of workers will seek opportunities in other engineering professions, such as engineering managers (NOC 0211), managers in manufacturing (NOC 0910), as well as utilities equipment operators and controllers (NOC 9240).
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