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National and Provincial Labour Trends

According to a study conducted by ECO Canada, demand for environmental workers is rising at a pace well in excess of overall employment growth in the economy. 

3 out of 10 environmental workers will reach retirement age in the next 10 years, with considerable gaps in the following fields*: 

  • Architecture and Science Managers
  • Geologists, Geochemists, and Geophysicists
  • Biologists and Related Scientists
  • Forestry Professionals
  •  Agricultural Representatives, Consultants, and Specialists
  • Civil Engineers
  • Urban and Land Use Planners
  • Biological Technologists, and Technicians
  • Civil Engineering Technologists, and Technicians
  • Inspectors in Public and Environmental Health and Occupational Health and Safety
  • Natural and Applied Science Policy Researchers, Consultants, and Program Officers 
*These priority occupations are defined as the ones that are in short supply in the environmental sector and were identified by ECO Canada using the National Occupational Classification (NOC) developed by Human Resources and Social Development Canada (HRSDC).

Ontario Job Futures has also identified Green Energy Technologies and Environment as two of its emerging industries, recognizing the growth potential of each. In addition, many of the existing jobs on the rise as identified by Job Futures will also play an integral part in the growing green sector. These include:
  • Software Engineers
  • Civil Engineers
  • Information systems analysts and consultants
  • Plumbers
  • Electricians