Job prospects Plumber in Ontario
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Job opportunities in Ontario

Prospects over the next 3 years


The employment outlook will be moderate for Plumbers (NOC 72300) in Ontario for the 2023-2025 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to a few new positions.
  • Not many positions will become available due to retirements.

What Types of Employers Are Out There?

  • Majority are in construction, mainly as building equipment contractors

What are the Main Trends Affecting Employment?

  • Population growth, leading to increased demand for residential housing construction and repair services
  • Infrastructure investments in public goods such as municipal piping systems, large scale transit projects, and educational and healthcare facilities
  • Shift towards more water-efficient plumbing systems should create demand for plumbers to replace older equipment with new integrated fixtures

What Skills Do I Need to Succeed?

  • There is one compulsory skilled trade associated with this occupation, named, Plumber

What Other Information Will I Find Helpful?

  • There is some seasonality associated with this occupation with better job prospects in the spring and summer months.

Here are some key facts about Plumbers in Ontario:

  • Approximately 18,250 people work in this occupation.
  • Plumbers mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Construction (NAICS 23): 91%
  • The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
    • Full-time workers: 94% compared to 81% for all occupations
    • Part-time workers: 6% compared to 19% for all occupations
  • 63% of plumbers work all year, while 37% 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 44 weeks compared to 43 weeks for all occupations.
  • 18% of plumbers are self-employed compared to an average of 15% for all occupations.
  • The gender distribution of people in this occupation is:
    • Men: more than 95% compared to 52% for all occupations
    • Women: less than 5% compared to 48% for all occupations
  • The educational attainment of workers in this occupation is:
    • no high school diploma: less than 5% compared to 9% for all occupations
    • high school diploma or equivalent: 18% compared to 25% for all occupations
    • apprenticeship or trades certificate or diploma: 52% compared to 8% for all occupations
    • college certificate or diploma or university certificate below bachelor's: 23% compared to 22% for all occupations
    • bachelor's degree: less than 5% compared to 24% for all occupations
    • university certificate, degree or diploma above bachelor level: less than 5% compared to 13% for all occupations

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