(NOC 7241)


These comments apply to the career group Electrical Trades and Telecommunication Occupations.

Job prospects in this career are rated FAIR because:

The number of electricians (except industrial and power system) declined sharply during the recession of the early 1990s and the years that followed and then rose sharply. These variations closely matched the changes in employment in the construction industry. Considering the trends in this industry, their number should increase slightly over the next few years.

Job opportunities will mainly come from the positions vacated by retiring electricians. Other opportunities will result from those obtaining promotions to positions as electrical contractors and foremen or, if they have the required skills, as construction managers (NOC 0711 and NOC 0712). There will be a few additional opportunities as a result of employment increase.

Seasonal work is frequent. The most active work periods run from May to December.

The placement rate of the graduates of the vocational diploma in construction electricity is relatively high, the unemployment rate is fair, albeit higher in 2009 and 2010 because of the 2009 recession, and wages are significantly higher than vocational training graduates overall, even if the surveys being taken in March, one of the months when seasonal unemployment is at its peak.

Job Seekers: 71,449
Job Openings: 87,923

Job prospects for this career are rated Good

Last Updated: May 14, 2012