Job outlook Fermentation Process Operator - Food And Beverage Processing in Canada

People working as a fermentation process operator - food and beverage processing have different job prospects depending on where they work in Canada. Find out what the future holds for them in your province or territory. These outlooks are applicable to all Process control and machine operators, food and beverage processing (NOC 9461).

Job opportunities over the next 3 years

Explore future job prospects by province and territory.

Location Job outlook
Newfoundland and Labrador Good
Prince Edward Island Good
Nova Scotia Fair
New Brunswick Fair
Quebec Good
Ontario Good
Manitoba Good
Saskatchewan Good
Alberta Fair
British Columbia Good
Yukon Territory Undetermined
Northwest Territories Undetermined
Nunavut Undetermined
Legend: The job opportunities can be: Undetermined Limited Fair Good

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Labour market conditions over the next 10 years

Take a closer look at the projected labour demand and supply for this occupation over the 2017-2026 period. For more information on future job trends, go to the Canadian Occupational Projections System.


BALANCE: Labour demand and labour supply are expected to be broadly in line for this occupation group over the 2017-2026 period at the national level. The section below contains more detailed information regarding the outlook for this occupational group.
Employment in 2016
Median age of workers in 2016
Average retirement age in 2016

Detailed analysis

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.

Over the 2014-2016 period, employment in this occupational group grew at a slightly faster pace than the average for all occupations. The unemployment rate declined to 10.8% in 2016, which was above the national average of 7.0%. The average hourly wage of this occupational group declined slightly over the period of interest. Hence, the analysis of key labour market indicators suggests that the number of job seekers was sufficient to fill the job openings in this occupational group over the 2014-2016 period.

For Process control and machine operators, food and beverage processing; Fish and seafood plant workers & Testers and graders, food and beverage processing, over the period 2017-2026, new job openings (arising from expansion demand and replacement demand) are expected to total 24,100, while 22,600 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 at relatively similar levels over the 2017-2026 period, the balance between labour supply and demand seen in recent years is expected to continue over the projection period. The majority of job openings will result from retirements. The high retirement rate for this occupational group is the result of the fact that workers are, on average, older than in others occupations and that they tend to retire earlier in their career. Employment in this occupational group is expected to grow at a slower pace than the national average. The outlook for the domestic segment of the food and beverage products industry, where the majority of these workers are employed, is relatively weak. The relatively low Canadian dollar will increase the material costs for companies using imported inputs (such as fruits and vegetables) for domestic production. These manufacturers will see their costs rise at a greater rate and they may have a hard time passing price increases to Canadian consumers who have become increasingly sensitive to food prices. Prospect for the fish and seafood process workers will continue to be limited because of various quotas and moratorium imposed on different fish species that are expected to restrain fishing production. With regard to labour supply, the majority of job seekers will come from the school system. More specifically, school leavers will represent about 60% of all job seekers in this occupational group. Immigration and mobility will also be significant sources of job seekers over the projection period. Most of the workers joining this occupational group are expected to be labourers in food, beverage and associated products processing (NOC 9617) and labourers in fish and seafood processing (NOC 9618) looking for higher wages and career advancement.

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