Job prospects General Farm Worker near Sherbrooke (QC)

Explore current and future job prospects for General farm workers near Sherbrooke (QC). These trends also apply to people working as a general farm worker.

Note that the current 2019-2021 Employment Outlook was published in December 2019 based on information available at that time.

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.

Source Labour Market Information | Recent Trends Methodology

Job prospects

general farm worker
Outlook over the next 3 years
Fair Fair

The employment outlook will be fair for General farm workers (NOC 8431) in the Estrie 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.

It is possible to work in this occupation without any specific training. However, a secondary school diploma or a Diploma of Vocational Studies in field crops, livestock production or maple syrup production may facilitate access to this occupation. A basic knowledge of farm machinery maintenance, as well as class 8 driver's license (tractor driving) recognized by the Société de l'assurance automobile du Québec, is often required. Employers are looking for reliable people with the ability to work in a team. Candidates must also be in good physical condition, have manual dexterity and be able to handle heavy loads.

In agriculture, the size of farms has increased and the concentration of activity continues on large farms in the region. For example, productivity gains from equipment investment and increased use of farm machinery reduce labor requirements. However, growing awareness of healthy eating and environmental protection is stimulating the emergence of smaller, specific farms such as sheep and lamb farming or organic farming. In addition, consumer demand is diversifying into a multitude of niche and local products. These new trends could potentially create additional employment opportunities, even though these niches still represent only a small proportion of current production.

Here are some key facts about General farm workers in the Estrie region:

  • Approximately 1,320 people work in this occupation.
  • General farm workers mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Agriculture (NAICS 111, 112, 1151, 1152): 84%
  • Source Labour Market Information | Outlook Methodology

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