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Dental technologists, technicians and laboratory assistants  (NOC 3223)
Edmonton Region
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National Outlook ' 10-Year Projection (2015-2024)

This section provides labour demand and labour supply projections for this occupation over the 2015-2024 period.

Occupational outlook

BALANCE: Labour demand and labour supply are expected to be broadly in line for this occupation group over the 2019-2028 period at the national level. The section below contains more detailed information regarding the outlook for this occupational group.

This section provides labour demand and labour supply projections for this occupation over the 2015-2024 period.

This occupation (Dental technologists, technicians and laboratory assistants) is part of a larger occupational group called Technical occupations in dental health care (NOC 322).

Table on the demographic profile for your chosen occupation at the national level.
Occupations in this group Denturists (3221) 
Dental hygienists and dental therapists (3222) 
Dental technologists, technicians and laboratory assistants (3223) 
Employment in 2014 35,500
Median Age of workers in 2014 39
Average Retirement Age in 2014 62

Occupation Projection for Canada

In order to determine the expected outlook of an occupation, the magnitude of the difference between the projected total numbers of new job seekers and job openings over the whole projection period (2019-2028) is analyzed in conjunction with an assessment of labour market conditions in recent years. The intention is to determine if recent labour market conditions (surplus, balance or shortage) are expected to persist or change over the period 2019-2028. For instance, if the analysis of key labour market indicators suggests that the number of job seekers was insufficient to fill the job openings (a shortage of workers) in an occupational group in recent years, the projections are used to assess if this situation will continue over the projection period or if the occupation will move towards balanced conditions.

Over the 2016-2018 period, employment growth in this occupational group was somewhat volatile, and registering a final decline in 2018. Despite this volatility, the long-term upward trend continued over the past three years. The unemployment rate stayed relatively stable at 2.7% in 2018, while the average hourly wage, in real terms, decreased over the period of interest. Finally, the number of unemployed workers per job vacancy remained low, but relatively stable, signaling limited constrains on employment growth. Hence, analysis of key labour market indicators suggests that the number of job seekers was sufficient to fill the job openings in this occupational group.

For Technical occupations in dental health care, over the period 2019-2028, new job openings (arising from expansion demand and replacement demand) are expected to total 12,900 , while 15,300 new job seekers (arising from school leavers, immigration and mobility) are expected to be available to fill them.

As job openings and job seekers are projected to be relatively similar over the 2019-2028 period, it is expected that the balance between labour supply and demand seen in recent years will continue over the projection period. Job openings are projected to result from both expansion demand and retirements. Employment growth (expansion demand) is expected to be slightly stronger than the average for other occupations. As population grows and a larger share of individuals keeps their original teeth than previous generation did, the need to maintain and treat them is anticipated to continue to fuel the demand for dental care. Nevertheless, this increase could be offset by population aging as older aged groups tend to have less access to dental insurance plans. Nevertheless, the creation of dental hygienists clinics, which can operate without the presence of a dentist, may further stimulate employment growth in this occupational group. Slightly more than half of all job openings are projected to result from retirements, as the retirement rate is projected to be similar to the average for all occupations. With regard to labour supply, due to the specialized nature of this occupation, school leavers are expected to account for the majority of job seekers. Access to this occupation is regulated as licensing by the appropriate provincial/territorial regulatory body is required for dental hygienists (and in some provinces and territories for dental therapists). Still, this occupational group is highly popular among school leavers due to the good placement rates and very low unemployment rates. Overall, school leavers account for more than the total number of job openings. However, work in this occupation is generally perceived as physically demanding as workers tend to lean for lengthy periods of time and require good manual dexterity.

This Chart contains data for Projection of Job Openings vs. Job Seekers for Canada. Information is available in the following tables.

This Chart contains data for Projection of Job Openings vs. Job Seekers for Canada. Information is available in the following tables.
Table of job opening projections for the occupational group containing your chosen occupation.
Openings Seekers
Projection 12,900 15,300
Table of job opening projections for the occupational group containing your chosen occupation.
Category Openings %
Expansion Demand 4,600 36%
Retirements 6,700 52%
Other Replacement Demand 800 6%
Emigration 800 6%
Projected Job Openings 12,900 100%
Table of job seeker projections for the occupational group containing your chosen occupation.
Category Seekers %
School Leavers 12,500 82%
Immigration 1,700 11%
Other 1,000 7%
Projected Job Seekers 15,300 100%

In which industry or sector do people in this occupation find jobs in Canada?

This table shows the industry and sectors employing the highest number of people in this occupation.

This table shows the industry sectors employing the highest number of people in this occupation.
Industry / Sector %
Health care and social assistance 52.73
Manufacturing 41.20
Wholesale trade 2.63
Educational services 1.08

What percentage of people in this occupation are self-employed?

This occupation (Dental technologists, technicians and laboratory assistants) is part of a larger group called Technical occupations in dental health care (NOC 322). According to the Labour Force Survey (2015), in Canada, 16% of workers in this group were self-employed, while the average for all occupations was 14%.

What proportion of people in this occupation work full-time?

According to the Labour Force Survey (2015), in Canada, 89% of workers in this occupation worked full-time, compared to the average of 81% for all occupations.

What is the proportion of women working in this occupation?

According to the National Household Survey (2011), in Canada, women represented 48% of workers in this occupation which is equal to the average for all occupations.

What percentage of people in this occupation are members of a union?

The data from the Labour Force Survey (2015) regarding the percentage of people in this occupation who are part of a union are not sufficiently reliable to be published.

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