Job prospects Food Technologist 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 "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 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
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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 declined. This was reflected in an increase of its unemployment rate, reaching a level above the national average in 2018, but below its historical norms. As the number of job vacancies increased, the number of unemployed workers per job vacancy declined and was close to the national 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 Technical occupations in physical sciences, over the period 2019-2028, new job openings (arising from expansion demand and replacement demand) are expected to total 7,400 , while 5,700 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, the balance between labour supply and demand seen in recent years is expected to continue over the projection period. Retirements are expected to account for about half of job openings, a proportion that is noticeably lower than for other occupations (about 59% of job openings). Workers in this occupational group are generally younger than the average and tend to retire at a later age than those in other occupations, resulting in a retirement rate that is lower than the average rate of all occupations. Employment growth is expected to be similar to the average of all occupations, which is in contrast with the flat performance that was recorded over the 2009-2018 period. This occupational grouping gathers chemical, geological and mineral technologists and technicians. Many chemical technologists and technicians are employed in the chemicals manufacturing industry, which will benefit from the greater economic growth in the United States and from a weaker Canadian dollar to boost its exports. Moreover, the increased public awareness of environment safety and the adoption of stricter laws to protect the environment are expected to further increase the volume of work required from these workers. Similarly, the number of geological and mineral technologists and technicians is also expected to increase over the projection period. These workers are mostly employed in the mining, oil and gas extraction industries, which will have a more optimistic outlook than in the recent years, benefitting from expected price gains in several base metals (including gold, copper, uranium and silver) and from the fact that Canada remains among the top mining jurisdictions in the world in terms of policy, geography and investment attractiveness.
With regard to labour supply, the majority of job seekers are projected to come from the school system. A noticeable number of qualified candidates in this occupation are also projected to come from immigration. However, a significant number of workers, more than half of potential job seekers, are expected to seek opportunities in other occupations such as supervisors, mineral and metal processing (NOC 9211), which can provide them with better prospects and/or higher salaries.
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