Job prospects Metallurgical Engineering Technologist in Ontario

Job opportunities for Geological and mineral technologists and technicians (NOC 2212) are fair in Ontario over the next 3 years. These job prospects are also applicable to people working as a metallurgical engineering technologist.

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 Ontario

metallurgical engineering technologist
Prospects over the next 3 years

The employment outlook will be fair for Geological and mineral technologists and technicians (NOC 2212) in Ontario for the 2021-2023 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.
  • There are a moderate number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.

What Types of Employers Are Out There?

  • Industries related to mining and quarrying
  • Architectural, engineering and related services
  • Federal government


What are the Main Trends Affecting Employment?


  • Increased expenditures on mineral exploration in Ontario,
  • A rebound in demand for raw materials around the world in 2021 stemming from pent up demand for raw materials throughout the pandemic
  • The growing clean technology sector could boost the demand for raw materials over the long term

What Skills Do I Need to Succeed?

  • Employers in this field generally seek candidates with a science background such as in mineralogy or geotechnical science.
  • Candidates that have experience with software such as AutoCAD, may have better prospects.
  • Voluntary designations such as Certified Engineering Technologist (C.E.T.) or Certified Technician (C.Tech.) are available through the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT)

What Other Information Will I Find Helpful?

  • A valid driver’s licence may be required for field work

Most jobs in this occupational group are located in northern Ontario and Toronto.

Here are some key facts about Geological and mineral technologists and technicians in the Ontario region:

  • Approximately 1,500 people work in this occupation.
  • Geological and mineral technologists and technicians mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (NAICS 21): 38%
    • Architectural, engineering and design services (NAICS 5413): 18%
    • Federal government public administration (NAICS 911): 5%
  • The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
    • Full-time workers: more than 95% compared to 79% for all occupations
    • Part-time workers: less than 5% compared to 21% for all occupations
  • 62% of geological and mineral technologists and technicians work all year, while 38% 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 29 weeks compared to 31 weeks for all occupations.
  • 6% of geological and mineral technologists and technicians are self-employed compared to an average of 12% for all occupations.
  • Breakdown by region

    Explore job prospects in Ontario by economic region.

    Location Job prospects
    Hamilton–Niagara Peninsula Region Undetermined Undetermined
    Kingston–Pembroke Region Undetermined Undetermined
    Kitchener–Waterloo–Barrie Region Undetermined Undetermined
    London Region Undetermined Undetermined
    Muskoka–Kawarthas Region Undetermined Undetermined
    Northeast Region Fair Fair
    Northwest Region Fair Fair
    Ottawa Region Fair Fair
    Stratford–Bruce Peninsula Region Undetermined Undetermined
    Toronto Region Fair Fair
    Windsor-Sarnia Region Undetermined Undetermined
    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 Geological and mineral technologists and technicians (NOC 2212) will be balanced in Canada over the next 10 years.

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