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 2011 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 : Data entry clerks & Desktop publishing operators and related occupations (1422)

Occupational Outlook
SURPLUS: This occupational group is expected to face labour surplus conditions over the period of 2015-2024 at the national level. The section below contains more detailed information regarding the outlook for this occupational group.
Occupations in this Group
  • Data entry clerks (1422)
  • Desktop publishing operators and related occupations (1423)
Skill Type
Business, finance and administration occupations
Skill Level
Occupations usually require secondary school and/or occupation-specific training.
Employment in 2014
46,000
Median Age of workers in 2014
40.1 years old
Estimated Median Age of Retirement in 2014
62 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 (2015-2024) 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 2015-2024. 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.

The analysis of key labour market indicators such as employment and wage growth as well as the unemployment rate suggests that the number of job seekers exceeded substantially the number of job openings in this occupational group over the 2012-2014 period.

For Data entry clerks & Desktop publishing operators and related occupations, over the period 2015-2024, new job openings (arising from expansion demand and replacement demand) are expected to total 9,900, while 12,100 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 2015-2024 period, the labour surplus condition seen in recent years is expected to continue over the projection period. A more detailed analysis of the outlook of this occupation will be released in the coming weeks.

Projection of Cumulative Job Openings and Job Seekers over the Period of 2015-2024

This table contains data related to Projected Job Openings.
Level Share
Expansion Demand: -2,600 -26%
Retirements: 10,900 110%
Other Replacement Demand: 1,000 10%
Emigration: 700 7%
Projected Job Openings: 9,900 100%
This table contains data related to Projected Job Seekers.
Level Share
School Leavers: 17,600 145%
Immigration: 3,000 25%
Other: -8,500 -70%
Projected Job Seekers: 12,100 100%
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