Job prospects Marine Biologist in New Brunswick

Job opportunities for Biologists and related scientists (NOC 2121) are good in New Brunswick over the next 3 years. These job prospects are also applicable to people working as a marine biologist.

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 in New Brunswick

marine biologist
Prospects over the next 3 years

The employment outlook will be good for Biologists and related scientists (NOC 2121) 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.

Biologists and related scientists are employed across various industries, though are most likely to be found in scientific and technical consulting, research and development services and in health care.

A Bachelor of Science degree with a concentration in biology or a related field is typically the minimum educational requirement for work in this field, though a master's degree and/or five or more years of work experience are often preferred. A doctoral degree and/or post-doctoral experience is usually required to work as a research scientist or in an academic institution.

Other employment requirements will vary depending on the area of specialization. For those working with large datasets, employers tend to seek individuals with proficiency in a computer programming language such as Python. Technical writing skills are often considered an asset.

Here are some key facts about Biologists and related scientists in the New Brunswick region:

  • Approximately 350 people worked in this occupation in May 2015.
  • Biologists and related scientists mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Federal government public administration (NAICS 911): 38%
    • Other professional, scientific and technical services (NAICS 5414, 5416-5419): 19%
    • Provincial and territorial public administration (NAICS 912): 17%
    • Architectural, engineering and design services (NAICS 5413): 7%
    • Hospitals (NAICS 622): 6%
  • 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
  • 64% of biologists and related scientists work all year, while 36% 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 20 weeks compared to 29 weeks for all occupations.
  • Less than 5% of biologists and related scientists are self-employed compared to an average of 8% for all occupations.
  • Breakdown by region

    Explore job prospects in New Brunswick by economic region.

    Location Job prospects
    Campbellton–Miramichi Region Undetermined Undetermined
    Edmundston–Woodstock Region Undetermined Undetermined
    Fredericton–Oromocto Good Good
    Moncton–Richibucto Region Good Good
    Saint John–St. Stephen Region Good Good
    Legend: The job opportunities can be: Undetermined Limited Fair Good

    Source Labour Market Information | Prospects Methodology

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    Job prospects elsewhere in Canada

    We expect that the labour supply and demand for Biologists and related scientists (NOC 2121) will be balanced in Canada over the next 10 years.

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