Job prospects Data Analyst - Informatics And Systems in Canada

People working as a data analyst - informatics and systems have different job prospects depending on where they work in Canada. Find out what the future holds for them in your province or territory. These prospects are applicable to all Database analysts and data administrators (NOC 2172).

Note that these employment prospects were published in December 2019 based on information available at that time. You can read our new special report to learn about the impact of COVID-19 on some occupations in your province or territory. You can also visit the Canadian Online Job Posting Dashboard to find the latest data on the demand and work requirements for this occupation.

Job opportunities over the next 3 years

Explore future job prospects by province and territory.

Location Job prospects
Newfoundland and Labrador Fair Fair
Prince Edward Island Undetermined Undetermined
Nova Scotia Fair Fair
New Brunswick Good Good
Quebec Good Good
Ontario Good Good
Manitoba Good Good
Saskatchewan Good Good
Alberta Fair Fair
British Columbia Good Good
Yukon Territory Undetermined Undetermined
Northwest Territories Undetermined Undetermined
Nunavut Undetermined Undetermined
Legend: The job opportunities can be: Undetermined Limited Fair Good

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Labour market conditions over the next 10 years

Take a closer look at the projected labour demand and supply for this occupation over the 2019-2028 period. For more information on future job trends, go to the Canadian Occupational Projections System.

Summary

SHORTAGE: This occupational group is expected to face labour shortage conditions over the period of 2019-2028 at the national level. The section below contains more detailed information regarding the outlook for this occupational group.

Employment in 2018

36,300

Median age of workers in 2018

41

Average retirement age in 2018

61.0

Detailed analysis

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 in this occupational group increased at a pace that was substantially higher than the average of all occupations. The unemployment rate was stable, and remained close to its historical trend and significantly below the national average in 2018. Finally, the number of unemployed workers per job vacancy remained stable and close to the national average over the period. Hence, the analysis of key labour market indicators, specially the lack of available unemployed workers, suggests that the number of job openings exceeded substantially the number of job seekers in this occupational group over the 2016-2018 period.

For Database analysts and data administrators, over the period 2019-2028, new job openings (arising from expansion demand and replacement demand) are expected to total 18,000 , while 16,700 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, the labour shortage conditions seen in recent years are expected to continue over the projection period. Retirements and job growth are expected to account for the majority of job openings. Employment growth is projected to be one of the strongest among all occupations. As a result, job creation will represent about half of all openings, a proportion that is above the average of all occupations (about 27% of openings). Most of these workers are employed in service industries such as computer systems design and related services; finance, insurance, real estate and leasing services; telecommunications, information and culture services; and public administration. Demand for workers in this occupation is expected to be supported by technological changes. Indeed, rapid innovation will continue, inducing Canadian firms to adapt quickly and upgrade their IT infrastructure to remain digitally safe and competitive. In addition, new technological practices such as Blockchain will continue to emerge. This; accompanied with stronger penetration of e-commerce, the increasing popularity of data science and analytics, predictive analysis, machine learning as well as artificial intelligence; will provide opportunities to work as database analysts and data administrators. Retirements will also account for a significant proportion of job openings (about 42%). The retirement rate is expected to be similar to the average of all occupations as these workers tend to have a similar age structure to that of all occupations and tend to retire at a similar age.

With regard to labour supply, school leavers are expected to be the main source of labour in this occupational group, representing about three quarters of the job seekers. Immigration will continue to be a major contributor to job seekers, as this occupational group is very popular among newcomers. The skills typically required in this occupation are usually standard worldwide and not unique to the Canadian labour market. As a result, there are lower barriers for immigrants to become database analysts and data administrators. In addition, foreigners in this occupational group coming from countries with a free trade agreement with Canada might be eligible to work in Canada, simplifying their entry and permanency in the country. Finally, a small number of new workers will come from other occupations, mainly from the other computer and information systems occupations such as computer engineers (NOC 2147), software engineers and designers (NOC 2173), as well as web designers and developers (NOC 2175). Despite this inflow of workers, the shortage conditions seen in recent years are not expected to disappear over the projection period.

Source Canadian Occupational Projections System – ESDC

Labour Market Information Survey
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