Job prospects Architectural Design Technician in Ontario

Job opportunities for Architectural technologists and technicians (NOC 2251) are fair in Ontario over the next 3 years. These job prospects are also applicable to people working as an architectural design technician.

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 in Ontario

architectural design technician
Prospects over the next 3 years

The employment outlook will be fair for Architectural technologists and technicians (NOC 2251) in Ontario for the 2021-2023 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to a moderate number of new positions.
  • Not many positions will become available due to retirements.
  • There are a moderate number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.

What Types of Employers Are Out There?

  • The majority are directly employed by architectural and engineering services
  • Construction, notably residential buildings.

What are the Main Trends Affecting Employment?

  • Population growth, which is resulting in higher levels of residential construction, especially of condominium developments in various areas of the province
  • Opportunities expected to support the design of energy efficient new and retrofitted older buildings,,,,
  • Significant public sector funding for transit-related infrastructure projects for improved connectivity and to meet longer-term climate goals, may also support work for these professionals.

What Skills Do I Need to Succeed?

  • In addition to other formal education, proficiency using computerized design software such as AutoCAD, Revit and SketchUp are common requirements
  • Sound knowledge of the Ontario Building Code.

What Other Information Will I Find Helpful?

  • Professional titles/certifications are available, including from the:,,
    • Association of Architectural Technologists of Ontario (AATO)
    • Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT)

Ontario Association for Applied Architectural Sciences (OAAAS).

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

  • Approximately 4,300 people work in this occupation.
  • Architectural technologists and technicians mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Architectural, engineering and design services (NAICS 5413): 75%
    • Construction (NAICS 23): 10%
  • The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
    • Full-time workers: 93% compared to 79% for all occupations
    • Part-time workers: 7% compared to 21% for all occupations
  • 68% of architectural 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 30 weeks compared to 31 weeks for all occupations.
  • 18% of architectural technologists and technicians are self-employed compared to an average of 12% for all occupations.
  • Breakdown by region

    Explore job prospects in Ontario by economic region.

    Location Job prospects
    Hamilton–Niagara Peninsula Region Fair Fair
    Kingston–Pembroke Region Undetermined Undetermined
    Kitchener–Waterloo–Barrie Region Fair Fair
    London Region Fair Fair
    Muskoka–Kawarthas Region Undetermined Undetermined
    Northeast Region Undetermined Undetermined
    Northwest Region Undetermined Undetermined
    Ottawa Region Fair Fair
    Stratford–Bruce Peninsula Region Undetermined Undetermined
    Toronto Region Fair Fair
    Windsor-Sarnia Region Fair Fair
    Legend: The job opportunities can be: Undetermined Limited Fair Good

    Source Labour Market Information | Prospects Methodology

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    Labour market conditions over the next 10 years

    We expect that there will be a labour SURPLUS for Architectural technologists and technicians (NOC 2251) in Canada over the next 10 years.

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