Job prospects Computer Network Technician in Canada

People working as a computer network technician 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 Computer network technicians (NOC 2281).

Note that these employment prospects were published in December 2019 based on information available at that time. You can read our new special report to learn about the impact of COVID-19 on some occupations in your province or territory. You can also visit the Canadian Online Job Posting Dashboard to find the latest data on the demand and work requirements for this occupation.

Job opportunities over the next 3 years

Explore future job prospects by province and territory.

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

Summary

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

55,000

Median age of workers in 2018

41

Average retirement age in 2018

61.0

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.

Over the 2016-2018 period, this occupational group experienced job losses. However, the unemployment rate declined slightly, and remained below its own historical norms and below the national average in 2018. The number of unemployed workers per job vacancy remained stable, slightly below the national average during the period. 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 Computer network technician, over the period 2019-2028, new job openings (arising from expansion demand and replacement demand) are expected to total 18,300 , while 18,500 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 relatively similar over the 2019-2028 period, it is expected that the balance between labour supply and demand seen in recent years will continue over the projection period. The majority of job openings are projected to arise from employment growth and retirements. Retirements are expected to account for about 49% of total job openings, a proportion that is smaller than the average of all occupations (about 59% of openings). These workers tend to have a similar age structure than the Canadian average, and tend to retire at an age similar to most Canadian workers, resulting in a retirement rate that is comparable to the average of all occupations.

Employment growth is projected to be higher than the average. Demand for workers in this occupation is expected to be supported by technological changes. Indeed, rapid innovation will continue, inducing Canadian firms to adapt quickly and upgrade their IT infrastructure to remain digitally safe and competitive. In addition, stronger penetration of e-commerce and new technological practices such as Blockchain will continue to emerge, providing opportunities to work as computer network technician.

With regard to labour supply, school leavers are expected to account for the majority of job seekers. Immigration will continue to be a major contributor to job seekers, as this occupational group is very popular among newcomers. The skills typically required in this occupation are standardized worldwide and not unique to the Canadian labour market. As a result, there are lower barriers for immigrants to become computer network technician. In addition, 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. Conversely, a number of workers are expected to leave this occupation for other related occupations, in particular to seek jobs in other information and technology related occupations such as computer and information systems mangers (NOC 0213).

Source Canadian Occupational Projections System – ESDC

Labour Market Information Survey
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