Job prospects Chemist in Canada
People working as a chemist 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 Chemists (NOC 2112).
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.
|Newfoundland and Labrador||Undetermined Undetermined|
|Prince Edward Island||Good Good|
|Nova Scotia||Fair Fair|
|New Brunswick||Fair Fair|
|British Columbia||Fair Fair|
|Yukon Territory||Undetermined Undetermined|
|Northwest Territories||Undetermined Undetermined|
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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.
BALANCE: Labour demand and labour supply are expected to be broadly in line for this occupation group over the 2019-2028 period 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
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 decreased slightly, mostly due to losses concentrated in 2017. Additionally, the unemployment rate increased, but remained below its historical average. Still, the unemployment rate for this occupation has been historically low and despite this increase, it remained significantly below the national average. Finally, the number of job vacancies in this occupation increased substantially over the period. However, the job vacancy rate remained below the national average. 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 Physical science professionals, over the period 2019-2028, new job openings (arising from expansion demand and replacement demand) are expected to total 11,100 , while 11,900 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 at relatively similar levels over the 2019-2028 period, the balance between labour supply and demand seen in recent years is expected to continue over the projection period. The majority of job openings are expected to arise from employment growth and retirements. The retirement rate is expected to be higher than the average of all occupations as these workers tend to be slightly older and retire earlier than the average. Indeed, retirements are expected to account for about 67% of total job openings, a proportion that is above the average of all occupations (about 59% of openings). Meanwhile, employment growth is projected to be around average. This occupational group employs workers with a variety of backgrounds employed in different industries with distinct employment outlooks. For instance, the number of chemists is expected to grow over the projection period because of the growing importance of factors such as the environment, water quality, quality control and workplace safety and health. Moreover, many chemists are employed in the rubber, plastics and chemicals manufacturing industries, which will benefit from the greater economic growth in the United States and from a weaker Canadian dollar to boost exports in those industries. Similarly, the number of geologists, geochemists and geophysicists is also expected to increase over the projection period. These workers are mostly employed in the mining industry, which will have a more optimistic outlook than in the recent years, benefitting from expected price gains in several base metals (including gold, copper, uranium and silver) and the fact that Canada will remain among the top mining jurisdictions in the world in terms of policy, geography and investment attractiveness. With regard to labour supply, about three-quarters of job seekers (excluding workers leaving the occupation) are projected to come from the school system, while the rest will be new entrants coming into the country. This occupational group is very popular among school leavers and new immigrants due to high wages and job quality. However, a significant number of workers will seek opportunities in other related professions, such as architecture and science managers (NOC 0212).
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