Job prospects Early Childhood Educator Assistant in the Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean Region

Explore current and future job prospects for Early childhood educators and assistants in the Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean Region. These trends also apply to people working as an early childhood educator assistant.

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Recent trends

Balanced labour market

The prospect of finding work in this occupation was fair over the past few years (2016-2018). The number of job openings was about the same as the number of workers available.

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Job prospects

early childhood educator assistant
Prospects over the next 3 years
Fair Fair

The employment outlook will be fair for Early childhood educators and assistants (NOC 4214) in the Saguenay - Lac-Saint-Jean region for the 2019-2021 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to a moderate number of new positions.
  • Not many positions will become available due to retirements.
  • There are a small number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.
  • Due to the seasonal nature of this occupation, employment opportunities may vary depending on the time of the year.

Accessing an educator's position usually require a college diploma in early childhood education or an Attestation of College Studies in early childhood education. For early childhood assistants, a high school diploma and working experience with children are normally the basic requirements. In addition, a certificate of absence of impediment in connection with the job, as well as a valid first aid certificate for early childhood (which includes a section on severe allergies) are often required. Employers are looking for creative, dynamic, patient people with teamwork skills and interpersonal skills with children, parents and other staff.

Employment in this occupation depends on the number of children who attend early childhood centres, daycares and school-based child care, as well as government funding for these services. By 2021, the number of preschool and primary school-age children is expected to decrease in the region. However, according to data from the Ministère de la Famille, as the number of subsidized preschool places has increased in recent years, this growth could slow down in the coming years, given the demographic outlook. The regional outlook for this occupation will therefore be less favorable than in Québec as a whole, due to weaker job growth.

Here are some key facts about Early childhood educators and assistants in the Saguenay - Lac-Saint-Jean region:

  • Approximately 3,380 people work in this occupation.
  • Early childhood educators and assistants mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Nursing and residential care facilities and social assistance (NAICS 623-624): 88%
    • Educational services (NAICS 61): 10%
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