Job prospects Graphics Technician in Ontario

Job opportunities for Graphic arts technicians (NOC 5223) are fair in Ontario over the next 3 years. This job outlook is also applicable to people working as a graphics technician.

Note that the current 2019-2021 Employment Outlook was published in December 2019 based on information available at that time.

Job opportunities in Ontario

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Outlook over the next 3 years

The employment outlook will be fair for Graphic arts technicians (NOC 5223) in Ontario for the 2019-2021 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to a moderate number of new positions.
  • Not many positions will become available due to retirements.

Graphics arts technicians are employed in various industries, however the largest share work for companies providing professional, scientific and technical services, mainly specialized design services, and computer systems designs, including video games development. Manufacturers, especially in printing and related support activities are also key employers, as well as software publishers. The motion picture and video industries employ a few of these workers.

Due to technological changes, the demand for technicians with digital media skills is expected to increase, while opportunities in traditional print-based graphics will likely be moderated. For example in Ontario, video gaming is a vital part of the interactive media industry and with changing consumer tastes, growth is expected in the global market especially in the app-based social game segment. Business expansions are occurring in the digital media sector, and the film and television production cluster is also attracting large investments in Ontario. These trends, supported by the availability of provincial tax credits, should generate job openings in these operations especially for individuals with game design, artist and animation, and visual effects skills.

New entrants into this occupation come from various related college programs including animation. These technicians are usually expected to have strong creative skills working with multimedia products, and be proficient in using design and illustration software such as Photoshop and InDesign. Experience with CorelDRAW editor would also be an asset. A fair amount of opportunities exist for self-employment in this occupation.

Graphic arts technicians usually assist graphic designers to carry out their roles. With additional training and experience, these technicians may be able to transition to graphic design positions.

Here are some key facts about Graphic arts technicians in the Ontario region:

  • Approximately 1,600 people worked in this occupation in May 2015.
  • Graphic arts technicians mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Information and cultural industries (NAICS 51): 26%
    • Architectural, engineering and design services (NAICS 5413): 16%
    • Computer systems design services (NAICS 5415): 15%
    • Other professional, scientific and technical services (NAICS 5414, 5416-5419): 8%
    • Printing and related support activities (NAICS 323): 8%
  • The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
    • Full-time workers: 85% compared to 79% for all occupations
    • Part-time workers: 15% compared to 21% for all occupations
  • 66% of graphic arts technicians work all year, while 34% work only part of the year, compared to 63% and 37% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 32 weeks compared to 31 weeks for all occupations.
  • 24% of graphic arts technicians are self-employed compared to an average of 12% for all occupations.
  • Breakdown by region

    Explore job prospects in Ontario by economic region.

    Location Job prospects
    Hamilton–Niagara Peninsula Region Undetermined Undetermined
    Kingston–Pembroke Region Undetermined Undetermined
    Kitchener–Waterloo–Barrie Region Undetermined Undetermined
    London Region Undetermined Undetermined
    Muskoka–Kawarthas Region Undetermined Undetermined
    Northeast Region Undetermined Undetermined
    Northwest Region Undetermined Undetermined
    Ottawa Region Undetermined Undetermined
    Stratford–Bruce Peninsula Region Undetermined Undetermined
    Toronto Region Fair Fair
    Windsor-Sarnia Region Undetermined Undetermined
    Legend: The job opportunities can be: Undetermined Limited Fair Good

    Source Labour Market Information | Outlook Methodology

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