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 : Software engineers and designers (2173)

Occupational Outlook
Shortage: This occupational group is expected to face labour shortage conditions over the period of 2017-2026 at the national level. The section below contains more detailed information regarding the outlook for this occupational group.
Occupations in this Group
  • Software engineers and designers (2173)
Skill Type
Natural and applied sciences and related occupations
Skill Level
Occupations usually require university education.
Employment in 2016
51,800
Median Age of workers in 2016
40.6 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.

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 openings exceeded substantially the number of job seekers in this occupational group over the 2014-2016 period.

For Software engineers and designers, over the period 2017-2026, new job openings (arising from expansion demand and replacement demand) are expected to total 20,700, while 21,700 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 2017-2026 period, the labour shortage conditions seen in recent years are 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 2017-2026

This table contains data related to Projected Job Openings.
Level Share
Expansion Demand: 10,700 52%
Retirements: 7,900 38%
Other Replacement Demand: 1,200 6%
Emigration: 900 4%
Projected Job Openings: 20,700 100%
This table contains data related to Projected Job Seekers.
Level Share
School Leavers: 24,400 112%
Immigration: 8,600 40%
Other: -11,200 -52%
Projected Job Seekers: 21,700 100%
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