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Note: The projections were developed for 292 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 : Executive assistants (1222)

Occupational Outlook
BALANCE: Labour demand and labour supply are expected to be broadly in line for this occupation group over the 2017-2026 period at the national level. The section below contains more detailed information regarding the outlook for this occupational group.
Occupations in this Group
  • Executive assistants (1222)
Skill Type
Business, finance and administration occupations
Skill Level
Occupations usually require college or vocational education or apprenticeship training.
Employment in 2016
Median Age of workers in 2016
45.2 years old
Estimated Median Age of Retirement in 2016
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 (2017-2026) 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 2017-2026. 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 2014-2016 period, there was a strong decrease in employment in this occupational group. However, the unemployment rate declined slightly to 3.9% in 2016, compared to the national average of 7.0%. The increase in the average hourly wage during this period was on par with the national average. Hence, 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 2014-2016 period.

For Executive assistants, over the period 2017-2026, new job openings (arising from expansion demand and replacement demand) are expected to total 18,700, while 17,900 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 at relatively similar levels over the 2017-2026 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 retirements. The retirement rate for this occupation is expected to be higher than the average projected for all occupations, as workers are older than average and retire earlier. Over the projection period, demand arising from economic growth is only expected to increase at a rate similar to the national average over the projection period, still a significant improvement over the job losses recorded during the 2007-2016 period. Despite the deficit reduction plans ongoing at various levels of government and the limited growth expected in public service employment, a key sector for this occupation, hiring has nevertheless slowly started growing again. With regard to labour supply, school leavers and workers from other occupations are expected to account for a total of about 85% of the number of job seekers.

Projection of Cumulative Job Openings and Job Seekers over the Period of 2017-2026

This table contains data related to Projected Job Openings.
Level Share
Expansion Demand: 4,400 24%
Retirements: 12,700 68%
Other Replacement Demand: 1,100 6%
Emigration: 600 3%
Projected Job Openings: 18,700 100%
This table contains data related to Projected Job Seekers.
Level Share
School Leavers: 9,100 51%
Immigration: 2,500 14%
Other: 6,200 35%
Projected Job Seekers: 17,900 100%
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