Explore Careers - Job Market Report
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The future forecast and current conditions for an occupation can vary based on location or due to changes in the economy, technology, or demand for a product or service.
Provincial Employment Potential Information
The following table identifies employment conditions within Alberta.
|Location||Employment Potential||Release Date|
|Alberta||(1 of 3 stars)||2017-12-15|
The employment outlook will be limited for Metallurgical and materials engineers (NOC 2142) in Alberta for the 2017-2019 period.
The following factors contributed to this outlook:
- Employment decline will lead to the loss of a few positions.
- Several positions will become available due to retirements.
- There are several unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.
- Approximately 500 people worked in this occupation in May 2011.
- Metallurgical and materials engineers mainly work in the following sectors:
- Architectural, engineering and design services (NAICS 5413): 35%
- Oil and gas extraction (NAICS 211): 18%
- Construction (NAICS 23): 11%
- Other professional, scientific and technical services (NAICS 5414, 5416-5419): 7%
- Primary metal manufacturing (NAICS 331): 6%
- The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
- Full-time workers: more than 95% compared to 82% for all occupations
- Part-time workers: less than 5% compared to 18% for all occupations
- 74% of metallurgical and materials engineers work all year, while 26% work only part of the year, compared to 64% and 36% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 28 weeks compared to 32 weeks for all occupations.
- 10% of metallurgical and materials engineers are self-employed compared to an average of 12% for all occupations.
Demand for this occupation is tied to activity levels in oil and gas. After a two year recession, Alberta's oil and gas industry is gradually rebounding; however, the slow recovery has yet to create significant growth in employment opportunities.
Here are some key facts about Metallurgical and materials engineers in the Alberta region:
|Location||Employment Potential||Release Date|
|Athabasca--Grande Prairie--Peace River Region||(Undetermined)||2017-12-15|
|Banff--Jasper--Rocky Mountain House Region||(Undetermined)||2017-12-15|
|Edmonton Region||(1 of 3 stars)||2017-12-15|
|Lethbridge--Medicine Hat Region||(Undetermined)||2017-12-15|
|Red Deer Region||(Undetermined)||2017-12-15|
|Wood Buffalo--Cold Lake Region||(Undetermined)||2017-12-15|
Labour Market Bulletins
An analysis of the local labour market and an assessment of local employment-related events.
(To access archived Labour Market Bulletins not appearing on this webpage, please contact us).
- November 2017 | (PDF, 242 KB)
- October 2017 | (PDF, 244 KB)
- September 2017 (quarterly edition) | (PDF, 255 KB)
- August 2017 | (PDF, 239 KB)
- July 2017 | (PDF, 237 KB)
- June 2017 (quarterly edition) | (PDF, 257 KB)
- May 2017 | (PDF, 231 KB)
- April 2017 | (PDF, 231 KB)
- March 2017 (quarterly edition) | (PDF, 247 KB)
- February 2017 | (PDF, 224 KB)
- January 2017 | (PDF, 234 KB)
- Annual Edition 2016 | (PDF, 280 KB)
- December 2016 (quarterly edition) | (PDF, 248 KB)
- November 2016 | (PDF, 222 KB)
- October 2016 | (PDF, 222 KB)
- September 2016 (quarterly edition) | (PDF, 242 KB)
- August 2016 | (PDF, 218 KB)
- July 2016 | (PDF, 510 KB)
- June 2016 (quarterly edition) | (PDF, 234 KB)
- May 2016 | (PDF, 552 KB)
- April 2016 | (PDF, 552 KB)
- March 2016 (quarterly edition) | (PDF, 228 KB)
- February 2016 | (PDF, 214 KB)
- January 2016 | (PDF, 552 KB)
- Annual Edition 2015 | (PDF, 552 KB)
- December 2015 (quarterly edition) | (PDF, 552 KB)
- November 2015 | (PDF, 552 KB)
- October 2015 | (PDF, 552 KB)
- September 2015 (quarterly edition) | (PDF, 248 KB)
- August 2015 | (PDF, 541 KB)
- July 2015 | (PDF, 591 KB)
- June 2015 (quarterly edition) | (PDF, 591 KB)
- Annual Edition 2014 | (PDF, 607KB)
Provincial / Territorial Labour Market News
Week of Jan 08 - Jan 12, 2018
- The Tsuut'ina First Nation is working on a multibillion-dollar development along the Calgary ring road that will include retail centres, entertainment and hospitality complexes, a research campus, and office developments
- The Green Room, a cannabis retailer, is planning to open eight stores in Calgary. Spiritleaf, with headquarters in Calgary, has attracted 40 entrepreneurs willing to put up a $25,000 franchise fee to operate a cannabis retailing store in the province.
- Sonicfield Global plans to re-open the shuttered Grande Cache coal mine after the sale of the mine closes on May 31, 2018. The initial startup of the surface mine is expected to create about 200 new jobs.
- Pacific Sky Aviation has received Transport Canada certification for its Twin Otter flight simulator that allows pilots to log simulator time as real-world flying hours. The company is seeking further international certifications for the simulator.
- The Kananaskis Nordic Spa, currently under construction behind the Delta Lodge in Kananaskis, is set to open in February 2018. The indoor-outdoor spa features a three-storey lodge with reception, lounge, bistro, and massage treatment rooms.
- Compass Cannabis Clinic is opening a medical cannabis clinic in Brooks by the end of February 2018. The company plans to work with a group of outlying physicians who are trained to prescribe cannabis.
- Osum Oil Sands Corp. is proceeding with work at its Orion project near Cold Lake, with plans to double production capacity by the end of 2019
- Homeland Housing is expecting to start construction on a 48 unit affordable housing development in Morinville by the end of May 2018
- The Medicine Hat Police Service is launching a 20-week training program for cadets in partnership with Lethbridge College and the Blood Tribe Police Service. Medicine Hat will recruit from the cadets to fill vacant positions within the service.
- Trinidad Drilling Ltd. is cutting staff, reducing executive salaries and reviewing under-utilized facilities as part of cost cutting and restructuring efforts. Most of the layoffs will affect the company's head office in Calgary.
- The 3rd Annual Alberta & Saskatchewan Renewable Energy Finance Summit is being held in Calgary in early February. The event will present the latest updates on future renewable energy procurement rounds in Alberta and Saskatchewan.
Week of Jan 01 - Jan 05, 2018
- The Government of Alberta is creating 4,500 new subsidized daycare spaces at 78 non-profit early learning and child-care centres. The Government of Canada is providing $45.6M over three years for the program.
- The Grindstone Theatre Society, a non-profit troupe, is opening a 75-seat comedy club in Edmonton on April 1, 2018. The facility will also house a restaurant bar.
- Freedom Cannabis is building a cannabis grow and production facility in Parkland County. The company could start production in late 2018 or early 2019 and hire 150 employees.
- Alberta Health Services has purchased the Mountain View Centre in Hinton for $2.5M and is expected take full ownership by March 31, 2018. Staffing levels at the facility will not change.
- Cidex Group is starting construction on a 24-storey rental apartment building in downtown Edmonton. Occupancy is slated for mid-2019.
- The Government of Canada is providing $3.5M to eight Calgary-area clean-energy technology projects. The funding intends to create advances in energy efficiency leading to lower carbon emissions.
- The Government of Alberta is building a new central diagnostic lab in Edmonton. The government owned facility, planned to open in 2022, will consolidate lab services into a public corporation under Alberta Health Services.
- Bonterra Energy plans to drill 31 wells and spend $8M on pipelines and facilities under its $75M capital program for 2018
- CN has selected Calgary-headquartered Toyo Engineering Canada Ltd. to design and build a pilot project to produce solid, dry bitumen pucks. Toyo will create equipment that can solidify and re-liquefy up to 1,000 barrels of bitumen per day.
- Harvest Operations Corp, the Calgary-based arm of state-owned Korea National Oil Corp, has decided to complete work at its mothballed BlackGold project south of Fort McMurray. Production is expected to start in third quarter 2018.
- PCL Construction is starting work on an $8.5M heliport at the Northern Lights Regional Health Centre in Fort McMurray. The work is expected to be complete by the end of 2018.
- The Government of Alberta has provided $1.6M for 20 new medical detox beds at Safe Harbour Society in Red Deer. The facility provides round-the-clock medication-assisted treatment for opioid addictions.
- Millar Western Forest Products Ltd. has bought wood manufacturer Spruceland Millworks Inc. Spruceland has a dimensional lumber mill with 100 employees in Acheson, and a sawmill in Fort Assiniboine.
Week of Dec 25 - Dec 29, 2017
- Petrus Resources Ltd. Is planning to drill nine gross Cardium wells in 2018 as part of its capital budget of $25M to $30M
- The Government of Alberta has selected three companies to build four wind farms in the southern part of the province. The companies will invest about $1B in total and create approximately 740 jobs.
- The Town of Blackfalds, the Lacombe Foundation and The Bethany Group are joining forces to develop affordable seniors housing in the region. Construction is projected to start in 2019.
- Wavefront Technology Solutions Inc., based in Edmonton, has signed a three-year agreement with Gulf Drilling and Maintenance in the State of Kuwait to provide wellbore stimulations services. Wavefront will provide technical and engineering support.
- Flair Airlines has added direct flights from Edmonton to Vancouver, Kelowna and Toronto. Edmonton will serve as the airline's main transfer hub for scheduled flights.
- The City of Calgary is allocating an additional $90M for the Economic Development Investment Fund, following an earlier injection of $10M. The fund is designed to create jobs, drive economic recovery and revitalize the downtown core.
- Crescent Moon Inc. is planning to build a medical cannabis production facility in Olds. The company anticipates starting with 25 employees then expanding to 40, for everything from growing the product to shipping and receiving as well as maintenance.
Week of Dec 18 - Dec 22, 2017
- Cenovus Energy Inc. plans to cut between 500 and 700 employees and contractors in 2018 in a bid to reduce costs. The company hopes to achieve the reductions by early next year.
- The County of Grande Prairie is building a new firehall in the hamlet of La Glace as part of its $67.7M capital budget for 2018. The county also plans to spend $49.8M on roads and bridges.
- Compass Cannabis Clinic, a medical cannabis provider, will be opening its doors sometime this December in Red Deer. The company plans to expand to recreational cannabis retail once federal legislation is in place starting next year.
- Inter Pipeline is moving ahead with a $3.5B integrated plastics manufacturing facility near Redwater. The project is expected to create over 13,000 indirect and direct jobs during construction and 180 operations positions upon completion in 2021.
- The Town of Banff has approved the redevelopment of a Husky gas station site to include a takeout restaurant, convenience and retail store and at least six fuel pumps
- The Government of Alberta is providing $1.5M to Innovate Calgary to help more small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs. The government is also launching a new $3M Entrepreneur Support program under the Alberta Entrepreneurship Incubator initiative.
- SAIT Polytechnic has laid off 16 support staff in Calgary
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