Job prospects Medical Laboratory Technologist in Canada
National Occupational Classification update
We have updated this page to reflect the transition to the 2021 version of the National Occupational Classification (NOC). This means that the occupation "medical laboratory technologist" was moved from the group Medical laboratory technologists (NOC 3211) to the group Medical laboratory technologists (NOC 32120).
Explore current and future job prospects for people working as a "medical laboratory technologist" in Canada.
Job opportunities over the next 3 years
Note that these outlooks are based on the 2016 version of the NOC. Learn more about our methodology.
Breakdown by province and territory
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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.
SHORTAGE: This occupational group is expected to face labour shortage 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
Median 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 was steady. However, the unemployment rate plummeted to 1.6% in 2018, well below the national average of 5.8%. Over the same time period, the number of job vacancies rose consistently. As a result of a rising number of vacancies and a falling number of unemployed workers available to fill those openings, the ratio of unemployed workers to job vacancies was cut in half and was well below the average for all occupations, suggesting that a lack of available labour limited employment growth in this occupation. Hence, analysis of key labour market indicators suggests that the number of job seekers was insufficient to fill the job openings in this occupational group.
For Medical laboratory technologists & Medical laboratory technician and pathologists' assistants, over the period 2019-2028, new job openings (arising from expansion demand and replacement demand) are expected to total 20,400 , while 20,400 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, the labour shortage conditions seen in recent years are expected to continue over the projection period. Job openings are projected to result from both expansion demand and retirements. Similar to most health occupations, employment growth is expected to be stronger than the average for all occupations, but lower than the average of health related occupations. The growing number of seniors will lead to an increase in the demand for diagnostic services for various diseases such as cancer and diabetes. However, the arrival of new medical technologies and techniques, as well as the introduction of more advanced equipment, might limit technologists. Slightly less than half of the job openings will result from retirements. The retirement rate in this occupational group is expected to be similar to the national average as these workers have a similar age profile than the rest of the occupations. With regard to labour supply, school leavers will account for the majority of job seekers, which is not surprising given the specific skills that are needed to work in this occupation. Nevertheless, close to 15% of all job seekers are expected to come from immigration.
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