Job prospects Geomatics Technician - Land Surveying in Canada

People working as a geomatics technician - land surveying 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 Land survey technologists and technicians (NOC 2254).

Note: These employment prospects were published in December 2021 based on the information available at the time of analysis. The next update will be in December 2022. To learn more, see our FAQs. You can also find additional information on the Canadian Online Job Posting Dashboard.

Job opportunities over the next 3 years

Explore future job prospects by province and territory.

Location Job prospects
Newfoundland and Labrador Undetermined Undetermined
Prince Edward Island Undetermined Undetermined
Nova Scotia Undetermined Undetermined
New Brunswick Undetermined Undetermined
Quebec Good Good
Ontario Good Good
Manitoba Fair Fair
Saskatchewan Limited Limited
Alberta Fair Fair
British Columbia Fair Fair
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.


SURPLUS: This occupational group is expected to face labour surplus 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


Median age of workers in 2018


Average retirement age in 2018


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.

After being stable over the past 10 years, employment in this occupational group increased faster than average over the 2016-2018 period, recording most of the growth in 2018. As a result, the unemployment rate decreased, falling below its own historical norms and the national average. The number of unemployed workers per job vacancy also decreased during the period, but the decrease and level were in line with the national average. In fact, the job vacancy rate (the number of job vacancies as a proportion of total demand) remained below the national average in each of the past 3 years. 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 Technical occupations in architecture, drafting, surveying, geomatics, over the period 2019-2028, new job openings (arising from expansion demand and replacement demand) are expected to total 17,100 , while 38,400 new job seekers (arising from school leavers, immigration and mobility) are expected to be available to fill them.

Although this occupational group has had a balanced market in recent years, projected job seekers are expected to be substantially higher than job openings, creating a surplus of workers over the 2019-2028 period. The majority of job openings are projected to arise from employment growth and retirements. Retirements are expected to account for about 59% of total job openings, a proportion that is similar to the average of all occupations. As these workers tend to be younger than average, and tend to retire at an later age, the retirement rate is expected to be lower than the average of all occupations. Over the projection period, employment is expected to grow at a rate slightly lower than the average. This occupational group, which previously received much of its growth support from the construction industry, is projected to benefit from the recovery of the manufacturing sector to create new jobs during the projection period, particularly by the optimization of manufacturing processes in favour of productivity. The construction industry is projected to make a smaller contribution to employment growth, mainly due to the slowdown in residential investment growth.

With regard to labour supply, school leavers are expected to account for the majority of job seekers. A considerable number of immigrants are expected to continue entering this occupational group. 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 significant number of workers are expected to seek work in this occupation from other related occupations, contributing to the expected surplus.

Source Canadian Occupational Projections System – ESDC

Labour Market Information Survey
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