Job prospects Administrative Assistant 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 moderate for Administrative assistants (NOC 1241) in Ontario for the 2022-2024 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to a moderate number of new positions.
  • Several positions will become available due to retirements.

What Types of Employers Are Out There?

  • Employed across all industries with the leading share in educational services, public administration, professional, scientific and technical services, and finance and insurance

What are the Main Trends Affecting Employment?

  • Ongoing need for administration and office support across businesses and departments will support work in this occupation
  • There may be some opportunities for virtual assistants to support multiple clients
  • Greater use of technology may temper job growth and change some job functions

What Skills Do I Need to Succeed?

  • Completion of a college diploma in administration or previous experience in a clerical role may be required
  • Some employers may require assistants to have experience in a particular industry

What Other Information Will I Find Helpful?

  • There may be fewer employment opportunities in educational services during the summer months

Here are some key facts about Administrative assistants in Ontario:

  • Approximately 81,850 people work in this occupation.
  • Administrative assistants mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Elementary and secondary schools (NAICS 6111): 9%
    • Construction (NAICS 23): 8%
    • Religious, grant-making, civic, and professional and similar organizations (NAICS 813): 6%
    • Management and administrative services (NAICS 55, 56): 6%
    • Monetary Authorities - central bank and securities, commodity contracts and other intermediation and related activities (NAICS 521, 522, 523): 5%
  • The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
    • Full-time workers: 77% compared to 79% for all occupations
    • Part-time workers: 23% compared to 21% for all occupations
  • 63% of administrative assistants work all year, while 37% 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 33 weeks compared to 31 weeks for all occupations.
  • 5% of administrative assistants are self-employed compared to an average of 12% for all occupations.
  • The gender distribution of people in this occupation is:
    • Men: 6% compared to 52% for all occupations
    • Women: 94% 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: 34% 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: 36% compared to 26% for all occupations
    • bachelor's degree: 19% compared to 21% for all occupations
    • university certificate, degree or diploma above bachelor level: less than 5% 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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