Job prospects Aquaculture Technician in Prince Edward Island

Job opportunities for Biological technologists and technicians (NOC 2221) are good in Prince Edward Island 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 Prince Edward Island

aquaculture technician
Prospects over the next 3 years

The employment outlook will be good for Biological technologists and technicians (NOC 2221) in Prince Edward Island for the 2019-2021 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to a few 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.

Biological technologists and technicians are employed across many industries, one of the largest being in the public administration sector in federal and provincial government departments. Agriculture is also one of the main markets served by these workers. The sector is strong in its use of scientific methodology in crop and animal production.

Common employment requirements include the completion of a college diploma or degree in an area such as agriculture, microbiology and biotechnology. Candidates with laboratory and research experience will have better prospects. Certain job functions within the occupational group 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 periods of colder weather.

Here are some key facts about Biological technologists and technicians in the Prince Edward Island region:

  • Approximately 200 people work in this occupation.
  • Biological technologists and technicians mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Chemical manufacturing (NAICS 325): 57%
    • Agriculture (NAICS 111, 112, 1151, 1152): 14%
    • Federal government public administration (NAICS 911): 10%
    • Other professional, scientific and technical services (NAICS 5414, 5416-5419): 9%
  • The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
    • Full-time workers: 93% compared to 83% for all occupations
    • Part-time workers: 7% compared to 17% for all occupations
  • 52% of biological technologists and technicians work all year, while 48% work only part of the year, compared to 58% and 42% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 25 weeks compared to 27 weeks for all occupations.
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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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