Job prospects Aerospace Engineer in Canada

People working as an aerospace 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 Aerospace engineers (NOC 2146).

Note: These employment prospects were published in December 2021 based on the information available at the time of analysis. The next update will be in December 2022. To learn more, see our FAQs. You can also find additional information on the Canadian Online Job Posting Dashboard.

Job opportunities over the next 3 years

Explore future job prospects by province and territory.

Location Job prospects
Newfoundland and Labrador Undetermined Undetermined
Prince Edward Island Undetermined Undetermined
Nova Scotia Undetermined Undetermined
New Brunswick Undetermined Undetermined
Quebec Good Good
Ontario Fair Fair
Manitoba Good Good
Saskatchewan Undetermined Undetermined
Alberta Undetermined Undetermined
British Columbia Fair Fair
Yukon Territory Undetermined Undetermined
Northwest Territories Undetermined Undetermined
Nunavut Undetermined Undetermined
Legend: The job opportunities can be: Undetermined Limited Fair Good

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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.

Summary

SHORTAGE: This occupational group is expected to face labour shortage conditions over the period of 2019-2028 at the national level. The section below contains more detailed information regarding the outlook for this occupational group.

Employment in 2018

33,700

Median age of workers in 2018

44

Average retirement age in 2018

63.0

Detailed analysis

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 occupation decreased. However, the unemployment rate also decreased, falling under the national average as well as its own historical norms in 2018. The number of unemployed workers per job vacancy declined over the period, but this was mostly due to a sudden increase in job vacancies in 2018. Hence, the analysis suggests that the number of job seekers was sufficient to fill the job openings in this occupational group over the 2016-2018 period.

For Aerospace engineers & Other professional engineers, n.e.c., over the period 2019-2028, new job openings (arising from expansion demand and replacement demand) are expected to total 14,200 , while 10,700 new job seekers (arising from school leavers, immigration and mobility) are expected to be available to fill them.

Although this occupational group has had a balanced market in recent years, projected job openings are expected to be substantially higher than job seekers, creating a shortage of workers over the 2019-2028 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 all occupations and tend to retire at a similar age. Indeed, retirements will represent about 60% of total job openings, a proportion that is comparable to the average of all occupations (about 59% of openings). Employment growth is expected to be slightly higher than the average of all occupations. About one quarter of these workers are aerospace engineers who will benefit of an optimistic outlook in the aerospace, rail, ship and other transportation equipment manufacturing industry. More in detail, the order book for Canada's aerospace industry is expected to increase; growing production and export levels for new aircraft models, such as Bombardier's C-Series and Global 7000 and 8000, are expected to support industry's activity, along with the federal government's commitment to replace the aging fleet of CF-18 fighter jets. A risk to this is the rise in protectionist sentiment in the United States. The other three quarters of workers in this occupational group relate to other professional engineers such as agricultural, biomedical, marine, and shipbuilding engineering, among others. A large proportion of these workers are employed in the architectural, engineering and design services; scientific research and development services industry, mostly for consulting firms contracted to provide services to other industries, such as government, healthcare, manufacturing and primary resources companies. Employment is linked to the outlook of these industries, especially by government spending on research. Over the projection period, government budget constrains will continue to ease, supporting demand for these occupations. As a result, job creation for these other occupations is expected to be around the average of all occupations.

With regard to labour supply, the majority of job seekers are expected to come directly from the school system. New immigrants are also expected to be a considerable 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. However, a large number of workers will seek opportunities in other engineering professions, such as engineering managers (NOC 0211), creating a shortage of workers in this occupation.

Source Canadian Occupational Projections System – ESDC

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