Job prospects Chemist in Ontario

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Job opportunities in Ontario

Note: These outlooks are based on the 2016 version of the National Occupational Classification (NOC). Learn more about our methodology.

Prospects over the next 3 years


The employment outlook will be good for Chemists (NOC 2112) in Ontario for the 2022-2024 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to several new positions.
  • Several positions will become available due to retirements.
  • There are a moderate number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.

What Types of Employers Are Out There?

  • Chemical manufacturers mainly in pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing
  • Professional, scientific and technical services companies such as research and development firms
  • Federal government departments and agencies

What are the Main Trends Affecting Employment?

  • Chemical goods are used across the manufacturing industry
  • Investments in the biomanufacturing and life sciences sector, including in pharmaceutical research and production
  • Need for chemical products and processes to support environmental planning, food sciences, construction materials, and agricultural production
  • Some opportunities may arise in petrochemical and industrial chemical manufacturing, particularly in the Windsor-Sarnia area of Ontario

What Skills Do I Need to Succeed?

  • In addition to formal education, experience in a particular field of chemistry such as pharmaceuticals, industrial chemicals, or organic chemistry may be preferred
  • Knowledge of various sampling techniques and processes related to analytical chemistry, chromatography, and spectroscopy is an asset
  • Ability to write technical reports
  • Knowledge of Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) may be required to work in manufacturing settings
  • Some employers may require professional designation from the Association of the Chemical Profession of Ontario

Here are some key facts about Chemists in Ontario:

  • Approximately 8,100 people work in this occupation.
  • Chemists mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Chemical manufacturing (NAICS 325): 44%
    • Other professional, scientific and technical services (NAICS 5414, 5416-5419): 14%
    • Federal government public administration (NAICS 911): 7%
    • Architectural, engineering and design services (NAICS 5413): 5%
  • 75% of chemists work all year, while 25% work only part of the year, compared to 63% and 37% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 35 weeks compared to 31 weeks for all occupations.
  • less than 5% of chemists are self-employed compared to an average of 12% for all occupations.
  • The gender distribution of people in this occupation is:
    • Men: 56% compared to 52% for all occupations
    • Women: 44% compared to 48% for all occupations
  • The educational attainment of workers in this occupation is:
    • no high school diploma: less than 5% compared to 10% for all occupations
    • high school diploma or equivalent: less than 5% compared to 27% for all occupations
    • apprenticeship or trades certificate or diploma: less than 5% compared to 6% for all occupations
    • college certificate or diploma or university certificate below bachelor's: 8% compared to 26% for all occupations
    • bachelor's degree: 35% compared to 21% for all occupations
    • university certificate, degree or diploma above bachelor level: 54% compared to 10% for all occupations

Breakdown by region

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Labour market conditions over the next 10 years

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