Job prospects Aquaculture Technician in Ontario

Job opportunities for Biological technologists and technicians (NOC 2221) are fair in Ontario over the next 3 years. These job prospects are also applicable to people working as an aquaculture technician.

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 Ontario

aquaculture technician
Prospects over the next 3 years

The employment outlook will be fair for Biological technologists and technicians (NOC 2221) in Ontario for the 2019-2021 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to a moderate number of new positions.
  • A moderate number of positions will become available due to retirements.
  • There are a moderate number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.

Employment for this occupation has declined significantly over the last decade. Biological technologists and technicians are employed mainly in public administration, particularly at the federal level. This sector has seen stable employment in recent years which bodes well for this occupation. Employment prospects for these professionals are strongly influenced by public sector grants and program spending. Recent years have seen steady investment in public sector grants which should support employment for these professionals. However, funding cuts to various research organizations in the province could moderate employment over the forecast period.

Many of these professionals are also employed in the professional scientific and technical services (PSTS) sector, mainly in scientific research and development services. While PSTS has seen an increase in employment overall, scientific research and development services has experienced a decline over the last couple of years which may affect employment opportunities for this occupation. Ontario has a significant life sciences cluster which has seen a few expansions recently. This should sustain and add job openings for these technologists and technicians. Generally, some of the work opportunities within the occupational group may be affected by the amount of research grants and project funding available. The expansion of the cannabis industry and its focus on research, particularly in the areas of microbiology and plant genomics, may provide new employment opportunities for these workers.

Among the Ontario college programs leading to this occupation are -'biotechnology technologists' and 'biotechnology technicians.' Compared to technicians, the technology program has a longer training duration.

Voluntary certification is generally available for individuals in technology and technician professions by the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT). Bridge Training Programs are also available to help qualified newcomers integrate into this profession.

This occupational group, biological technologists and technicians, includes various specializations. Common employment requirements include the completion of a college diploma or bachelor's degree in an area such as biochemistry, microbiology and biotechnology.

Certain job functions do experience seasonality with levels of unemployment peaking over the winter months. This can mostly be attributed to the inability to conduct field research and collect samples during cold weather.

Here are some key facts about Biological technologists and technicians in the Ontario region:

  • Approximately 1,900 people work in this occupation.
  • Biological technologists and technicians mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Other professional, scientific and technical services (NAICS 5414, 5416-5419): 15%
    • Federal government public administration (NAICS 911): 14%
    • Chemical manufacturing (NAICS 325): 10%
    • Arts, entertainment and recreation (NAICS 71): 9%
    • Universities (NAICS 6113): 8%
  • The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
    • Full-time workers: 87% compared to 79% for all occupations
    • Part-time workers: 13% compared to 21% for all occupations
  • 56% of biological technologists and technicians work all year, while 44% 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 28 weeks compared to 31 weeks for all occupations.
  • Less than 5% of biological technologists and technicians are self-employed compared to an average of 12% for all occupations.
  • Breakdown by region

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    Job prospects elsewhere in Canada

    We expect that the labour supply and demand for Biological technologists and technicians (NOC 2221) will be balanced in Canada over the next 10 years.

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