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 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

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 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.

The majority of these professionals work for architectural, engineering and related services firms. A smaller number of these technologists and technicians work directly in the construction industry.

A lot of the demand for architectural, engineering and related services comes from the non-residential construction sector. Favourable levels of public sector investments have been committed and planned, such as for the redevelopment or construction of transit facilities, hospitals, creative hubs, and cultural spaces, including heritage institutions.

In addition, fast population growth in many areas is resulting in high levels of new residential construction, especially of multi-unit and mixed-use condominium developments, which include commercial facilities. Further, several older building towers are being restored in major cities, particularly to maintain or add to the stock of needed housing units.

These trends support job prospects for architectural technologists and technicians in the province. Yet regulatory changes such as the Non-Resident Speculation Tax and the federal mortgage stress test could soften the potential level of investments in the housing market and mitigate some of the possible job opportunities for these workers.

Among the new entrants to the profession in the province are graduates from the architectural technology and architectural technician college programs. There are indications that these graduates also tend to find employment in other closely related occupations. The architectural technology program has a longer training duration and a greater number of graduates. In addition, for most of the past five years, graduates of this program appear to experience lower levels of unemployment compared to graduates of the technician program, and all other college programs in general.

The architectural technologists and technicians occupational group is not regulated in Ontario, but normally only members of the Association of Architectural Technologists of Ontario (AATO) can use the titles, 'architectural technologist,' 'architectural technician,' 'registered building technologist' and 'registered building technician.' Voluntary certification is also generally available for individuals in technology and technician professions by the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT).

Architectural technologists and technicians with experience using computerized design software, such as AutoCAD, Revit, and SketchUp will have improved job prospects. Employers tend to seek individuals with sound knowledge of the Ontario Building Code as well. A fair number of employers also ask for at least five years of work experience in the profession. Courses are available to support those who wish to become qualified and registered for a Building Code Identification Number (BCIN).

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

  • Approximately 2,850 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 Undetermined Undetermined
    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 Undetermined Undetermined
    Legend: The job opportunities can be: Undetermined Limited Fair Good

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    Job prospects elsewhere in Canada

    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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