Job prospects Optician in Canada

People working as an optician have different job prospects depending on where they work in Canada. Find out what the future holds for them in your province or territory. These prospects are applicable to all Opticians (NOC 3231).

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 over the next 3 years

Explore future job prospects by province and territory.

Location Job prospects
Newfoundland and Labrador Undetermined Undetermined
Prince Edward Island Undetermined Undetermined
Nova Scotia Good Good
New Brunswick Fair Fair
Quebec Good Good
Ontario Fair Fair
Manitoba Fair Fair
Saskatchewan Good Good
Alberta Good Good
British Columbia Good Good
Yukon Territory Undetermined Undetermined
Northwest Territories Undetermined Undetermined
Nunavut Undetermined Undetermined
Legend: The job opportunities can be: Undetermined Limited Fair Good

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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.


SHORTAGE: This occupational group is expected to face labour shortage conditions over the period of 2019-2028 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


Average retirement age in 2018


Detailed analysis

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 fell slightly, returning to historical trends after a surge in 2016, but remaining well above 2015 levels. Similarly, the unemployment rate declined and then rose to reach 1.8% in 2018. Although the number of unemployed workers per job vacancy was below the average of all occupations, the rise in the unemployment rate suggests that the decrease in employment was not due to a lack of available workers. Hence, analysis of key labour market indicators suggests that the number of job seekers was sufficient to fill the job openings in this occupational group.

For Opticians, over the period 2019-2028, new job openings (arising from expansion demand and replacement demand) are expected to total 5,600 , while 4,900 new job seekers (arising from school leavers, immigration and mobility) are expected to be available to fill them.

Although this occupational group has had a balanced market in recent years, projected job openings are expected to be higher than job seekers, creating a shortage of workers over the 2019-2028 period. Job openings are projected to result from both expansion demand and retirements. Employment growth (expansion demand) is expected to represent one third of job openings. Similar to most occupations in the health sector, the aging population will increase the demand for technical health care workers, including opticians. Vision difficulties tend to start early in life and become more prevalent with age, which should lead to an increase in the demand for these workers. However, this strong growth is expected to be somewhat hampered by the increasing availability of non-prescription glasses and contact lenses, notably through the Internet as well as by the increasing number of individuals opting for laser surgery to correct their vision. As a result, job creation is projected to be above the average for all occupations. Retirements are anticipated to account for almost 55 % of job openings, as the retirement rate should be similar to the average of all occupations over the projection period. With regard to labour supply, school leavers are projected to account for the majority of job seekers, but workers transitioning into this occupation from other occupations in the optical field and health care sector will account for almost a third of job seekers. Nevertheless, job seekers are not expected to meet the projected job openings. In addition, workers need to be licensed by a provincial or territorial regulatory body in this occupational group, creating an entry barrier. Therefore, only a small number of new immigrants are expected to enter this occupational grouping.

Source Canadian Occupational Projections System – ESDC

Labour Market Information Survey
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