Job prospects Food Technologist in Ontario

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 "food technologist" was moved from the group Chemical technologists and technicians (NOC 2211) to the group Chemical technologists and technicians (NOC 22100).

Explore current and future job prospects for people working as a "food technologist" in Ontario or Canada.

Job opportunities in Ontario

Note that these outlooks are based on the 2016 version of the NOC. Learn more about our methodology.

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Prospects over the next 3 years

The employment outlook will be moderate for Chemical technologists and technicians (NOC 2211) in Ontario for the 2022-2024 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.

What Types of Employers Are Out There?

  • Various industries, but the leading share is in manufacturing, notably chemical manufacturing such as pharmaceutical and medicine, and in food production
  • Professional, scientific and technical services such as testing laboratories and research and development
  • Public administration, mainly the federal government

What are the Main Trends Affecting Employment?

  • Improved manufacturing activities will support demand for chemical goods which are used in nearly all manufacturing operations
  • Public and private sector investments in strengthening the biomanufacturing sector, including pharmaceutical production in light of the pandemic may create demand for these professionals to conduct and assist with experiments and tests
  • Expansions in food manufacturing, and in the large petrochemical and industrial chemical base, particularly in southwestern Ontario

What Skills Do I Need to Succeed?

  • In addition to other formal education, employers may prefer candidates with experience in a quality control role, and working in a particular field such as pharmaceutical, industrial chemicals, or food and beverage processing
  • Familiarity with Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), and Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) guidelines are common requirements
  • Voluntary designations are available through the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT)

What Other Information Will I Find Helpful?

  • The Sarnia region has a strong cluster of petrochemical operations
  • The Toronto area is a hub for pharmaceutical and related research activities
  • In general, Bridging Programs are available to assist internationally trained professionals in various fields enter the labour market more quickly in the province

Here are some key facts about Chemical technologists and technicians in Ontario:

  • Approximately 9,450 people work in this occupation.
  • Chemical technologists and technicians mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Chemical manufacturing (NAICS 325): 28%
    • Architectural, engineering and design services (NAICS 5413): 13%
    • Food, beverage and tobacco product manufacturing (NAICS 311, 312): 11%
    • Other professional, scientific and technical services (NAICS 5414, 5416-5419): 7%
    • Wholesale trade (NAICS 41): 7%
  • The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
    • Full-time workers: 94% compared to 79% for all occupations
    • Part-time workers: 6% compared to 21% for all occupations
  • 68% of chemical technologists and technicians work all year, while 32% 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 31 weeks compared to 31 weeks for all occupations.
  • less than 5% of chemical technologists and technicians are self-employed compared to an average of 12% for all occupations.
  • The gender distribution of people in this occupation is:
    • Men: 51% compared to 52% for all occupations
    • Women: 49% compared to 48% for all occupations
  • The educational attainment of workers in this occupation is:
    • no high school diploma: less than 5% compared to 10% for all occupations
    • high school diploma or equivalent: 21% compared to 27% for all occupations
    • apprenticeship or trades certificate or diploma: less than 5% compared to 6% for all occupations
    • college certificate or diploma or university certificate below bachelor's: 32% compared to 26% for all occupations
    • bachelor's degree: 32% compared to 21% for all occupations
    • university certificate, degree or diploma above bachelor level: 13% compared to 10% for all occupations

Breakdown by region

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Labour market conditions over the next 10 years

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