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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