These comments apply to the career group Civil, Mechanical, Electrical and Chemical Engineers.
The number of job openings resulting from retirement and employment growth will be about equal. Despite the large number of retirements over the 2011-2020 period, the retirement rate will not be high. This is because workers are older than average in this occupation and they also retire at an older age. Employment growth will be strong because of investments in infrastructure programs and the transition to a knowledge-based economy will spur the creation of jobs in this occupation. A large majority of job seekers will new graduates and the number of new graduates seeking employment in this occupation will increase slightly as compared to the 1999-2008 period. Immigrants will also be a major source of supply in this occupation. A large number of immigrants are entering this occupation because of Canada's immigration policy, which promotes high-skilled candidates, and because knowledge and experience gained abroad in engineering are more easily transferable to other countries than knowledge and experience gained in some other occupations.
Job Seekers: 71,767
Job Openings: 60,435
Job prospects for this career are rated Limited