Canadian Occupational Projection System (COPS)

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The current COPS projections were completed in 2019, well before the 2020 COVID-19 outbreak that resulted in exceptional and abrupt economic and labour market disruptions in Canada as well as abroad. However, the focus of the COPS projections is on long-term trends in occupational labour markets, not on short-term developments. At the moment, these long-term trends are not expected to be affected markedly by the COVID-19 outbreak as its impacts are generally foreseen to be temporary.

Note: The projections were developed for 293 occupational groupings that cover the entire workforce, using the 2016 National Occupational Classification (NOC). For additional information on these groupings, please visit the COPS Occupational Groupings' Definition. For more information about the methodology used to assess each occupation, please click here.

Search Result : Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technician (2241)

Occupational Outlook
BALANCE: Labour demand and labour supply are expected to be broadly in line for this occupation group over the 2019-2028 period at the national level. The section below contains more detailed information regarding the outlook for this occupational group.
Occupations in this Group
  • Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians (2241)
Skill Type
Natural and applied sciences and related occupations
Skill Level
Occupations usually require college or vocational education or apprenticeship training.
Employment in 2018
29,800
Median Age of workers in 2018
43.7 years old
Estimated Median Age of Retirement in 2018
61 years old

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 decreased. However, the unemployment rate was close to its historical norm, remaining below the national average in 2018. The number of unemployed workers per job vacancy decreased below the national average over the period. Hence, the analysis of key labour market indicators suggests that the number of job seekers was sufficient to fill the job openings in this occupational group over the 2016-2018 period.

Over the period 2019-2028, the number of job openings (arising from expansion demand and replacement demand) for Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technician are expected to total 14,900, while the number of job seekers (arising from school leavers, immigration and mobility) is expected to total 14,000 .

As job openings and job seekers are projected to be relatively similar over the 2019-2028 period, it is expected that the balance between labour supply and demand seen in recent years will continue over the projection period. The majority of job openings are projected to arise from employment growth and retirements. The retirement rate is expected to be higher than the average of all occupations as these workers tend to be older than workers in other occupations and tend to retire earlier. As a result, retirements are expected to account for about 68% of total job openings, a proportion that is above the average of all occupations (about 59% of openings). Employment is projected to grow at a rate similar to the average of all occupations. Employment growth in this occupation depends on the demand for machines and equipment with electrical and electronic components, and more generally on the demand for computer and electronic products. Unlike engineers, electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians are scattered throughout many industries, which partly explains why they were less affected by the dotcom bubble burst and the 2008-2009 recession. Demand for computer, electronic and electric products will support growth for this occupation, primarily driven by the solid pace of growth anticipated in consumer spending on electronics and in business investment in machinery and equipment (including ICT products) in Canada and the United States. Yet, productivity gains are required to remain competitive in global markets, which will limit employment growth in this occupational group. With regard to labour supply, the majority of job seekers are projected to come from the school system. Immigration will continue to be a major contributor to job seekers, as this occupational group is very popular among newcomers. Electronics-related jobs are among the most attractive high-skilled occupations for immigrants as the skills typically required in this occupation are somewhat standardized worldwide and not unique to the Canadian labour market. As a result, there are lower barriers for immigrants to become electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians. In addition, foreigners in this occupational group coming from countries with a free trade agreement with Canada might be eligible to work in Canada, simplifying their entry and permanency in the country. Finally, net mobility for the occupation is projected to be small but positive, with some workers coming from related occupations such as electronic service technicians (NOC 2242).

Projection of Cumulative Job Openings and Job Seekers over the Period of 2019-2028

This table contains data related to Projected Job Openings.
Level Share
Expansion Demand: 2,900 19%
Retirements: 10,100 68%
Other Replacement Demand: 1,200 8%
Emigration: 700 5%
Projected Job Openings: 14,900 100%
This table contains data related to Projected Job Seekers.
Level Share
School Leavers: 10,200 73%
Immigration: 3,100 22%
Other: 700 5%
Projected Job Seekers: 14,000 100%
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