Job prospects Data Scientist in Canada
National Occupational Classification update
We have updated this page to reflect the transition to the 2021 version of the National Occupational Classification (NOC). This means that the occupation "data scientist" was moved from the group Database analysts and data administrators (NOC 2172) to the group Data scientists (NOC 21211).
Explore current and future job prospects for people working as a "data scientist" in Canada.
Job opportunities over the next 3 years
Note that these outlooks are based on the 2016 version of the NOC. Learn more about our methodology.
Breakdown by province and territory
Explore future job prospects by province and territory.
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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
Median 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 increased slightly. However, the employment trend has been neutral since around 2006. The unemployment rate was stable, and remained well below the national average. Finally, the number of unemployed workers per job vacancy was about the same as the Canadian average in 2018. 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 Life science professionals, over the period 2019-2028, new job openings (arising from expansion demand and replacement demand) are expected to total 8,000 , while 7,800 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, 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 expected to arise from employment growth and retirements. The retirement rate is expected to be lower than the average of all occupations as these workers tend to retire later in their careers relative to the average. Indeed, retirements are expected to account for about half of total job openings, a proportion that is below the average of all occupations (about 59% of all job openings). Employment growth will turn positive and be similar to the average of all occupations. Budget constraints facing various levels of government are expected to ease over the projection period, while investments in the health and biomedical research sector will remain very strong, supporting the demand for workers in this occupation. With regard to labour supply, the majority of job seekers are projected to come from the school system because of the highly specialized nature of this occupation. Still, about one out of five job seekers (excluding mobility) are expected to be new entrants into the country. This occupational group is very popular among school leavers and new immigrants due to high wages and job quality. However, a significant number of workers will seek opportunities in other related professions, such as natural and applied science policy researchers, consultants and program officers' occupations (NOC 4161).
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