Job outlook 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 outlooks are applicable to all Opticians (NOC 3231).

Job opportunities over the next 3 years

Explore future job prospects by province and territory.

Location Job outlook
Newfoundland and Labrador Undetermined
Prince Edward Island Undetermined
Nova Scotia Good
New Brunswick Fair
Quebec Good
Ontario Fair
Manitoba Fair
Saskatchewan Good
Alberta Good
British Columbia Good
Yukon Territory Undetermined
Northwest Territories Undetermined
Nunavut 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 2017-2026 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 2017-2026 at the national level. The section below contains more detailed information regarding the outlook for this occupational group.
Employment in 2016
Median age of workers in 2016
Average retirement age in 2016

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 (2017-2026) 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 2017-2026. 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 2014-2016 period, employment grew significantly, but was the result from a sudden surge recorded in 2016. In the meantime, the unemployment rate remained relatively stable at 1.2% in 2016, while the average hourly wage growth was on par with the average for all occupations. The mixed signals and volatility of key labour market indicators required the analysis of additional indicators, which suggest that the number of job seekers was sufficient to fill the job openings in this occupational group over the 2014-2016 period.

For Opticians, over the period 2017-2026, new job openings (arising from expansion demand and replacement demand) are expected to total 5,700, while 5,100 new job seekers (arising from school leavers, immigration and mobility) are expected to be available to fill them.

Although this occupational group has had balanced market in recent years, projected job openings are expected to be higher than job seekers, creating a shortage of workers over the 2017-2026 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 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. 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 and workers from other occupations is expected to enter this occupational grouping. A small number of workers are projected to seek employment in this occupational group looking for career opportunities, notably workers from optical retail stores and laboratories, but this will not be enough to prevent the labour shortage in this occupational group.

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