Canadian Occupational Projection System (COPS)

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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 : Legal administrative assistants (1242)

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
  • Legal administrative assistants (1242)
Skill Type
Business, finance and administration occupations
Skill Level
Occupations usually require college or vocational education or apprenticeship training.
Employment in 2016
44,000
Median Age of workers in 2016
43.1 years old
Estimated Median Age of Retirement in 2016
63 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, this occupational group experienced an increase in employment. The unemployment rate decreased, reaching 5.7% in 2016, compared to the national average of 7.0%. The average hourly wage in this occupational group stayed stable. 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 Legal administrative assistants, over the period 2017-2026, new job openings (arising from expansion demand and replacement demand) are expected to total 14,900, while 14,200 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, the balance between labour supply and demand seen in recent years is expected to continue over the projection period. The majority of job openings are projected to arise from retirement. The retirement rate is projected to be similar to the average for all occupations. However, expansion demand is expected to be slightly lower than average. Indeed, with the automation and computerization of several administrative tasks over the last decade, legal assistance needs have evolved, leading to an increase in the demand for paralegals (NOC 4211) at the expense of the workers in this occupational group. This trend is projected to continue over the 2017-2026 period at a faster pace. With regard to labour supply, the vast majority of job seekers in this occupation will come from the school system. Immigration is still projected to account for more than 10% of job seekers over the projection period.

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: 2,900 19%
Retirements: 9,800 66%
Other Replacement Demand: 1,400 9%
Emigration: 700 5%
Projected Job Openings: 14,900 100%
This table contains data related to Projected Job Seekers.
Level Share
School Leavers: 11,500 81%
Immigration: 1,800 13%
Other: 900 6%
Projected Job Seekers: 14,200 100%
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