Job prospects Labourer, Livestock in Prince Edward Island

Explore current and future job prospects for people working as a "labourer, livestock" in Prince Edward Island or Canada.

Job opportunities in Prince Edward Island

Note: These outlooks are based on the 2016 version of the National Occupational Classification (NOC). Learn more about our methodology.

Prospects over the next 3 years


The employment outlook will be good for General farm workers (NOC 8431) in Prince Edward Island for the 2022-2024 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to a moderate number of new positions.
  • A moderate number of positions will become available due to retirements.
  • There are a moderate 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.

Although this occupation does not require specific training or education, as farms continue to modernize, workers may be required to use new types of farm machinery and equipment and follow guidelines related to the care of livestock mainly to prevent or reduce the economic effect of livestock diseases. Many general farm workers will be required to work long hours, in varied weather conditions and often in rural locations.

Here are some key facts about General farm workers in Prince Edward Island:

  • Approximately 1,400 people work in this occupation.
  • General farm workers mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Agriculture (NAICS 111, 112, 1151, 1152): 95%
  • The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
    • Full-time workers: 83% compared to 83% for all occupations
    • Part-time workers: 17% compared to 17% for all occupations
  • 28% of general farm workers work all year, while 72% work only part of the year, compared to 57% and 42% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 23 weeks compared to 27 weeks for all occupations.
  • 6% of general farm workers are self-employed compared to an average of 11% for all occupations.
  • The gender distribution of people in this occupation is:
    • Men: 79% compared to 51% for all occupations
    • Women: 21% compared to 49% for all occupations
  • The educational attainment of workers in this occupation is:
    • no high school diploma: 33% compared to 14% for all occupations
    • high school diploma or equivalent: 41% compared to 28% for all occupations
    • apprenticeship or trades certificate or diploma: 8% compared to 8% for all occupations
    • college certificate or diploma or university certificate below bachelor's: 12% compared to 28% for all occupations
    • bachelor's degree: less than 5% compared to 15% for all occupations
    • university certificate, degree or diploma above bachelor level: less than 5% compared to 7% for all occupations

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