Job prospects Youth Worker in Ontario

National Occupational Classification update

We have updated this page to reflect the transition to the 2021 version of the National Occupational Classification (NOC). This means that the occupation "youth worker" was moved from the group Social and community service workers (NOC 4212) to the group Social and community service workers (NOC 42201).

Explore current and future job prospects for people working as an "youth worker" in Ontario or Canada.

Job opportunities in Ontario

Note that these outlooks are based on the 2016 version of the NOC. Learn more about our methodology.

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Prospects over the next 3 years

The employment outlook will be good for Social and community service workers (NOC 4212) in Ontario for the 2022-2024 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to several 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 employed in health care and social assistance services, with the leading share in individual and family services, and nursing and residential care facilities
  • Public administration, mainly with municipal governments

What are the Main Trends Affecting Employment?

  • Investments in youth and community outreach programs
  • Expansions to shelter spaces
  • Public sector spending for mental health and addiction services, especially as the need for mental health services rises in Canada
  • Funding commitments to support individuals with developmental disabilities

What Skills Do I Need to Succeed?

  • In addition to other formal education, employers tend to seek individuals with experience working with a particular client group
  • Child and Youth Worker, and Developmental Services Worker are the names of two voluntary skilled trades available for this occupational group
  • The Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers regulates social service workers; only members of this College can use the titles “social service worker” or “registered social service worker”
  • Valid First Aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certificates are usually required

What Other Information Will I Find Helpful?

  • Working various shifts, including evenings and on weekends are common requirements
  • This occupation, ‘social and community service workers,’ is distinct from the occupation title ‘social workers’ (NOC 4152)

Here are some key facts about Social and community service workers in Ontario:

  • Approximately 47,100 people work in this occupation.
  • Social and community service workers mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Social assistance (NAICS 624): 35%
    • Nursing and residential care facilities (NAICS 623): 25%
    • Religious, grant-making, civic, and professional and similar organizations (NAICS 813): 7%
    • Ambulatory health care services (NAICS 621): 7%
    • Local, municipal, regional, aboriginal and other public administration (NAICS 913-919): 5%
  • The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
    • Full-time workers: 77% compared to 79% for all occupations
    • Part-time workers: 23% compared to 21% for all occupations
  • 65% of social and community service workers work all year, while 35% 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 32 weeks compared to 31 weeks for all occupations.
  • less than 5% of social and community service workers are self-employed compared to an average of 12% for all occupations.
  • The gender distribution of people in this occupation is:
    • Men: 21% compared to 52% for all occupations
    • Women: 79% compared to 48% for all occupations
  • The educational attainment of workers in this occupation is:
    • no high school diploma: less than 5% compared to 10% for all occupations
    • high school diploma or equivalent: 11% compared to 27% for all occupations
    • apprenticeship or trades certificate or diploma: less than 5% compared to 6% for all occupations
    • college certificate or diploma or university certificate below bachelor's: 47% compared to 26% for all occupations
    • bachelor's degree: 28% compared to 21% for all occupations
    • university certificate, degree or diploma above bachelor level: 9% compared to 10% for all occupations

Breakdown by region

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Source Labour Market Information | Prospects Methodology

Labour Market Information Survey
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