These comments apply to the career grouping of Psychologists, Social Workers, Counsellors, Clergy and Probation Officers, which includes Ministers of Religion.
The annual difference between supply and demand is very low, representing only 0.9% of employment in 2008. Job openings will arise from both strong employment growth and a high retirement rate. Positions left vacant due to retirement will nevertheless represent the majority of available jobs. Given that workers in this occupation are generally older than the average but typically retire at the same age as those in other occupations, the retirement rate in this occupation is above the average.
Job growth will also be a significant source of job openings during this period, but the number of jobs created will be lower than over the 1999-2008 period. In particular, employment growth will result from an increase in demand for social workers (main occupation of NOC 415). These jobs will be created to respond to the needs of the aging population.
Job seekers will be mainly new graduates. However, there will be a relatively large number of job seekers from other occupations. The majority of them will have studied social work, psychology or another field related to this occupation, but will have started their career in another occupation, such as paralegals, social services workers and occupations in education and religion (NOC 421).
Job Seekers: 68,987
Job Openings: 77,529
Job prospects for this career are rated Fair