Job prospects Chemist in Alberta

Explore current and future job prospects for people working as a "chemist" in Alberta or Canada.

Job opportunities in Alberta

Note: These outlooks were updated on November 29th, 2023. Learn more about our methodology.

Prospects over the next 3 years


The employment outlook will be moderate for Chemists (NOC 21101) in Alberta for the 2023-2025 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment decline will lead to the loss of some positions.
  • Several positions will become available due to retirements.
  • There are a small number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.

Here are some key facts about Chemists in Alberta:

  • Approximately 1,650 people worked in this occupation in May 2021.
  • Chemists mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Architectural, engineering and design services (NAICS 5413): 20%
    • Chemical manufacturing (NAICS 325): 15%
    • Other professional, scientific and technical services (NAICS 5414, 5416-5419): 13%
    • Oil and gas extraction (NAICS 211): 8%
    • Universities (NAICS 6113): 7%
  • 77% of chemists work all year, while 23% work only part of the year, compared to 61% and 39% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 46 weeks compared to 42 weeks for all occupations.
  • Less than 5% of chemists are self-employed compared to an average of 15% for all occupations.
  • The gender distribution of people in this occupation is:
    • Men: 60% compared to 53% for all occupations
    • Women: 40% compared to 47% for all occupations
  • The educational attainment of workers in this occupation is:
    • no high school diploma: n/a
    • high school diploma or equivalent: n/a
    • apprenticeship or trades certificate or diploma: n/a
    • college certificate or diploma or university certificate below bachelor's: less than 5% compared to 19% for all occupations
    • bachelor's degree: 44% compared to 21% for all occupations
    • university certificate, degree or diploma above bachelor level: 52% compared to 9% for all occupations

Breakdown by region

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Labour market conditions over the next 10 years

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