Job prospects E-business Web Site Developer in Ontario

Job opportunities for Web designers and developers (NOC 2175) are fair in Ontario over the next 3 years. This job outlook is also applicable to people working as an e-business Web site developer.

Note that the current 2019-2021 Employment Outlook was published in December 2019 based on information available at that time.

Job opportunities in Ontario

e-business Web site developer
Outlook over the next 3 years

The employment outlook will be fair for Web designers and developers (NOC 2175) in Ontario for the 2019-2021 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to several new positions.
  • Not many positions will become available due to retirements.

A little over half of Ontario's web designers and developers are employed in the professional, scientific and technical services industry, mainly in computer systems design and related services. Other key employers include those in information and cultural industries, and various levels of government, but mainly in federal departments.

Employment demand for this occupation will continue to benefit from the increasing need for companies to develop a digital presence to market their businesses. The growth in recent years of the e-commerce retail sector, e-learning options, social media platforms, and the prevalence of multi-device compatible websites, are some of the areas which are expected to support job prospects. In addition, the finance and insurance services sector is continuing to digitize more of its services and this should generate job openings for web development.

During the forecast period, web designers and developers with updated skills should also see a fair amount of employment opportunities in the interdisciplinary field of full-stack web development. This growing area requires expertise in both front-end web development, such as for the layout of websites, and back-end web development, which includes maintaining the server/setup that controls the website.

However, the availability of pre-designed templates and do-it-yourself website development tools, along with the trend in which some larger firms outsource web-related work to lower-cost providers,could generally moderate some of the local demand for web designers and developers.

Among the new entrants to this occupation are graduates of related Ontario college certificate and diploma programs. Graduates of university degree programs in computer science and engineering also add to the labour supply, as well as individuals completing short-term intensive training programs through technology centres, and educational institutions.

Web designers and developers typically require education or training at the bachelor's degree level or above. In Ontario, a smaller share of these individuals have attained a university certificate, diploma or degree above the bachelor's level, when compared with the other four computer and information systems professional occupations. More specifically, about 10% of web designers and developers have attained certification above the bachelor's degree level, compared with 20-30% in the wider professional group.

Job prospects will be more favourable for web designers and developers who have knowledge of computer languages such as Hypertext Markup Language (HTML), Cascading Style Sheets (CCS) and JavaScript. In addition to web development, several employers are seeking candidates with user experience (UX), and user interface (UI) multi-disciplinary design skills. Extensive knowledge of WordPress technologies, and software such as Adobe suite of products with a particular focus on InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop applications, are also common requirements. An understanding of relational database management systems is also often needed.

A significant share of these workers are self-employed with potential opportunities for undertaking freelance work.

In addition to job fairs and other traditional hiring methods, employers are increasingly organising 'hackathons' as a way of identifying and recruiting top IT talent.

Here are some key facts about Web designers and developers in the Ontario region:

  • Approximately 12,900 people work in this occupation.
  • Web designers and developers mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Computer systems design services (NAICS 5415): 44%
    • Information and cultural industries (NAICS 51): 9%
    • Other professional, scientific and technical services (NAICS 5414, 5416-5419): 9%
  • The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
    • Full-time workers: 81% compared to 79% for all occupations
    • Part-time workers: 19% compared to 21% for all occupations
  • 64% of web designers and developers work all year, while 36% work only part of the year, compared to 63% and 37% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 30 weeks compared to 31 weeks for all occupations.
  • 26% of web designers and developers are self-employed compared to an average of 12% for all occupations.
  • Breakdown by region

    Explore job prospects in Ontario 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 the labour supply and demand for Web designers and developers (NOC 2175) will be balanced in Canada over the next 10 years.

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