Job prospects Switch Network Installer And Repairer - Telecommunications in Ontario

Job opportunities for Telecommunications installation and repair workers (NOC 7246) are fair in Ontario over the next 3 years. This job outlook is also applicable to people working as a switch network installer and repairer - telecommunications.

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

Job opportunities in Ontario

switch network installer and repairer - telecommunications
Outlook over the next 3 years
Fair

The employment outlook will be fair for Telecommunications installation and repair workers (NOC 7246) 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.
  • A moderate number of positions will become available due to retirements.
  • There are a moderate number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.

Wired telecommunications carriers are the largest employer of these workers. A sizeable number of these tradespersons also work as building equipment contractors in the construction industry.

Steady population growth and business activity in the province should support demand for these workers to install, test, maintain and repair telecommunications equipment used to transmit voice, video signals and other data. Several construction investments in public institutions such as educational and healthcare facilities and in the commercial market will create opportunities in this occupation. While the residential market may ease, there is ongoing activity in some of the larger urban centres especially for multi-unit housing such as condominiums. Increased investment to upgrade and expand Internet infrastructure, particularly in rural communities, may also raise demand for installation and repair services.

The two largest areas of growth for the telecommunications industry are Internet and wireless services. The wireless market has seen strong consumer demand over the past few years as the number of subscriptions continues to rise. Meanwhile, the demand for wireline voice offerings such as telephone landline services has declined in recent years, especially in the residential market. There has also been a rise in the share of households that only use wireless services. This may curb the number of projects for these workers to install and test telephones and telephone switching equipment. However, increased demand for Internet transmission equipment may offset this decline overall.

Greater investment in infrastructure from telecommunications service providers may create opportunities for these workers as well. Consumers are switching to faster Internet services, using higher-bandwidth applications, and the number of devices such as cellphones, smartphones, and tablets, continues to grow.

A few large companies dominate the telecommunications industry in Canada. Even though these carriers have larger operations, job opportunities may be more favourable with the sizeable number of smaller companies that provide these services.

Individuals who completed formal training such as an apprenticeship or college courses in a related field, along with industry experience will fare better in the labour market. Experience as a telephone and switch network installer and repairer may be required for service testers. These workers usually travel to different locations so a valid driver's licence may be required. The ability to work varying hours is also an asset. Tradespersons who work at heights must complete a provincially required working at heights training program.

Here are some key facts about Telecommunications installation and repair workers in the Ontario region:

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