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Chemists  (NOC 2112)
Toronto 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 (Chemists) is part of a larger occupational group called Physical science professionals (NOC 211).

Table on the demographic profile for your chosen occupation at the national level.
Occupations in this group Physicists and astronomers (2111) 
Chemists (2112) 
Geoscientists and oceanographers (2113) 
Meteorologists and climatologists (2114) 
Other professional occupations in physical sciences (2115) 
Employment in 2014 29,000
Median Age of workers in 2014 43
Average Retirement Age in 2014 61

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 decreased slightly, mostly due to losses concentrated in 2017. Additionally, the unemployment rate increased, but remained below its historical average. Still, the unemployment rate for this occupation has been historically low and despite this increase, it remained significantly below the national average. Finally, the number of job vacancies in this occupation increased substantially over the period. However, the job vacancy rate remained below the national average. Hence, the analysis of key labour market indicators suggests that the number of job seekers was sufficient to fill the job openings in this occupational group over the 2016-2018 period.

For Physical science professionals, over the period 2019-2028, new job openings (arising from expansion demand and replacement demand) are expected to total 11,100 , while 11,900 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 at relatively similar levels over the 2019-2028 period, the balance between labour supply and demand seen in recent years is expected to continue over the projection period. The majority of job openings are expected to arise from employment growth and retirements. The retirement rate is expected to be higher than the average of all occupations as these workers tend to be slightly older and retire earlier than the average. Indeed, retirements are expected to account for about 67% of total job openings, a proportion that is above the average of all occupations (about 59% of openings). Meanwhile, employment growth is projected to be around average. This occupational group employs workers with a variety of backgrounds employed in different industries with distinct employment outlooks. For instance, the number of chemists is expected to grow over the projection period because of the growing importance of factors such as the environment, water quality, quality control and workplace safety and health. Moreover, many chemists are employed in the rubber, plastics and chemicals manufacturing industries, which will benefit from the greater economic growth in the United States and from a weaker Canadian dollar to boost exports in those industries. Similarly, the number of geologists, geochemists and geophysicists is also expected to increase over the projection period. These workers are mostly employed in the mining industry, which will have a more optimistic outlook than in the recent years, benefitting from expected price gains in several base metals (including gold, copper, uranium and silver) and the fact that Canada will remain among the top mining jurisdictions in the world in terms of policy, geography and investment attractiveness. With regard to labour supply, about three-quarters of job seekers (excluding workers leaving the occupation) are projected to come from the school system, while the rest will be new entrants coming into the country. This occupational group is very popular among school leavers and new immigrants due to high wages and job quality. However, a significant number of workers will seek opportunities in other related professions, such as architecture and science managers (NOC 0212).

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 11,100 11,900
Table of job opening projections for the occupational group containing your chosen occupation.
Category Openings %
Expansion Demand 2,300 21%
Retirements 7,400 67%
Other Replacement Demand 800 7%
Emigration 700 6%
Projected Job Openings 11,100 100%
Table of job seeker projections for the occupational group containing your chosen occupation.
Category Seekers %
School Leavers 16,600 139%
Immigration 5,200 44%
Other -9,900 -83%
Projected Job Seekers 11,900 100%

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 %
Manufacturing 32.89
Professional, scientific and technical services 29.36
Public administration 11.32
Wholesale trade 8.57
Health care and social assistance 5.61
Educational services 4.49

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

The data from the Labour Force Survey (2015) regarding the proportion of people in this occupation who were self-employed are not sufficiently reliable to be published.

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

According to the Labour Force Survey (2015), in Canada, 98% 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 41% of workers in this occupation compared to the average of 48% for all occupations.

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

This occupation (Chemists) is part of a larger group called Physical science professionals (NOC 211). According to the Labour Force Survey (2015), in Canada, the unionization rate for this group was 27%, while the unionization rate for all occupations was 31%.

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