Job prospects Administrative Assistant in Alberta

Job opportunities for Administrative assistants (NOC 1241) are fair in Alberta over the next 3 years. These job prospects are also applicable to people working as an administrative assistant.

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 in Alberta

administrative assistant
Prospects over the next 3 years

The employment outlook will be fair for Administrative assistants (NOC 1241) in Alberta for the 2021-2023 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 several unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.

Here are some key facts about Administrative assistants in the Alberta region:

  • Approximately 25,950 people work in this occupation.
  • Administrative assistants mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Elementary and secondary schools (NAICS 6111): 12%
    • Construction (NAICS 23): 9%
    • Local, municipal, regional, aboriginal and other public administration (NAICS 913-919): 6%
    • Provincial and territorial public administration (NAICS 912): 5%
    • Religious, grant-making, civic, and professional and similar organizations (NAICS 813): 5%
  • The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
    • Full-time workers: 78% compared to 81% for all occupations
    • Part-time workers: 22% compared to 19% for all occupations
  • 62% of administrative assistants work all year, while 38% work only part of the year, compared to 59% and 41% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 34 weeks compared to 32 weeks for all occupations.
  • 7% of administrative assistants are self-employed compared to an average of 12% for all occupations.
  • Breakdown by region

    Explore job prospects in Alberta by economic region.

    Legend: The job opportunities can be: Undetermined Limited Fair Good

    Source Labour Market Information | Prospects Methodology

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    Labour market conditions over the next 10 years

    We expect that the labour supply and demand for Administrative assistants (NOC 1241) will be balanced in Canada over the next 10 years.

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    Mining Sector Hiring Forecast

    The Mining Industry Human Resources Council (MiHR) forecasts that the mining sector will need to hire a total of 1,055 Administrative assistants in Alberta from 2011 to 2021.

    The following table shows MiHR’s forecast for the total number of jobs that will need to be filled from 2011 to the given year.

    Table on the cummulative hiring forecast for Administrative assistants in Alberta starting from 2011.
    Cumulative Hiring Forecast (base year 2011) 2013 2016 2021

    Region: Alberta

    Occupation: Administrative assistants

    365 635 1055
Labour Market Information Survey
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