Job prospects Registered Animal Health Technologist in Canada
People working as a registered animal health technologist 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 Animal health technologists and veterinary technicians (NOC 3213).
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.
|Newfoundland and Labrador||Limited Limited|
|Prince Edward Island||Undetermined Undetermined|
|Nova Scotia||Fair Fair|
|New Brunswick||Limited Limited|
|British Columbia||Good Good|
|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.
SURPLUS: This occupational group is expected to face labour surplus conditions over the period of 2019-2028 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 in this occupational group increased significantly. The unemployment rate remained stable at 2.7% in 2018, compared to the national average of 5.8%. However, the number of unemployed workers more than doubled in the past three years. As a result the number of unemployed workers per job vacancy doubled, despite being below the average for all occupations throughout the 2016-2018 period. As a result, the rapid rise in employment suggests that a lack of available workers has not been a limiting factor in this occupation. Hence, analysis of key labour market indicators suggests that the number of job seekers was sufficient to fill all job openings in this occupational group.
For Animal health technologists and veterinary technician, over the period 2019-2028, new job openings (arising from expansion demand and replacement demand) are expected to total 6,300 , while 11,100 new job seekers (arising from school leavers, immigration and mobility) are expected to be available to fill them.
Although this occupational group has had a balanced market in recent years, projected job seekers are expected to be substantially superior to job openings, creating a surplus of workers over the 2019-2028 period. Job openings are projected to result mostly from job creation. Employment growth in this occupation is expected to be above the average for all occupations. As it was the case over the last decade, population growth should lead to an increase in the number of households' pet owners. Improvement in the health services offered to pets and greater access to different pet insurance products is also expected to continue fueling the demand for veterinarian services. In addition, the ongoing reinforcement of animal food quality inspections and of livestock exports and imports should also contribute to employment growth in this occupational group. Moreover, technicians with enough work experience are now authorized to perform tasks previously restricted to veterinarians. Only slightly more than 10% of all job openings are projected to result from retirements. The retirement rate is expected to be among the lowest because animal health technologists and veterinary technicians are much younger, on average, than in the other occupations. With regard to labour supply, school leavers will account for the majority of job seekers. This is due to the fact that it is possible to enter this occupational group without specific training, although college graduates from the Animal Health Technology program account for an increasing share of employment. This occupational grouping is very popular among school leavers, the limited school seats for veterinary students turn others to choose this career path instead. As a result, the number of school leavers is more than twice as high as the total number of job openings, therefore creating a surplus of workers. Some workers are expected to seek work in other occupations, notably occupations related to animal's health and wellbeing, but this will not be enough to eliminate the surplus of workers in this occupational grouping.
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