Job prospects Carpenter near Charlottetown (PE)

Explore current and future job prospects for Carpenters near Charlottetown (PE). These trends also apply to people working as a carpenter.

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.

Recent trends

Balanced labour market

The prospect of finding work in this occupation was fair over the past few years (2016-2018). The number of job openings was about the same as the number of workers available.

Source Labour Market Information | Recent Trends Methodology

Job prospects

Prospects over the next 3 years
Good Good

The employment outlook will be good for Carpenters (NOC 7271) in Prince Edward Island for the 2019-2021 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to several new positions.
  • A moderate number of positions will become available due to retirements.
  • There are a moderate number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.
  • Due to the seasonal nature of this occupation, employment opportunities may vary depending on the time of the year.

While new developments in the residential construction sector continue, a slowdown or rebalancing in the housing market could temper the demand for carpenters over the forecast period. However, the ongoing need for home renovations, maintenance and repairs, as well as new construction, will continue to be sources of employment opportunities.

Self-employment may be another avenue to secure work as it is rather common in this field. The demand for these skilled workers tends to fluctuate seasonally, with employment needs strongest during the summer months and declining at other times of the year leading to periods of unemployment. Carpenters will need to keep abreast of advancements in technology which are shaping the occupation. For instance, workers will need to be able to read computer generated blueprints and be familiar with the latest tools. Also, carpenters should be mobile as they will be required to travel to various job sites across the region. Employment prospects will be better for experienced workers with specialized carpentry skills. Employment opportunities in other provinces may impact on the available pool of carpenters in Prince Edward Island. Because many experienced and skilled carpenters return to seasonal jobs with the same employers each year, those with entry-level skills may encounter competition for available employment opportunities. Those interested in establishing their own business may wish to explore investment opportunities in this occupation.

Here are some key facts about Carpenters in the Prince Edward Island region:

  • Approximately 850 people work in this occupation.
  • Carpenters mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Construction (NAICS 23): 92%
  • The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
    • Full-time workers: more than 95% compared to 83% for all occupations
    • Part-time workers: less than 5% compared to 17% for all occupations
  • 42% of carpenters work all year, while 58% work only part of the year, compared to 58% and 42% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 31 weeks compared to 27 weeks for all occupations.
  • 22% of carpenters are self-employed compared to an average of 11% for all occupations.
  • Source Labour Market Information | Prospects Methodology

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