Job outlook Fertilization Service Contractor - Agriculture in Canada

People working as a fertilization service contractor - agriculture 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 Agricultural service contractors, farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers (NOC 8252).

Job opportunities over the next 3 years

Explore future job prospects by province and territory.

Location Job outlook
Newfoundland and Labrador Undetermined
Prince Edward Island Fair
Nova Scotia Fair
New Brunswick Undetermined
Quebec Fair
Ontario Fair
Manitoba Fair
Saskatchewan Fair
Alberta Good
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.


Surplus: This occupational group is expected to face labour surplus conditions over the period of 2017-2026 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 fell significantly. The unemployment rate declined to 6.0% in 2016, which is below the national average of 7.0%. However, it is worth mentioning that the unemployment rate is not the best labour market indicator for this occupational group because most workers are self-employed (who are less likely to report themselves as unemployed). The average hourly wage of this occupational group also fell. Hence, the analysis of key labour market indicators suggests that the number of job seekers substantially exceeded the number of job openings in this occupational group over the 2014-2016 period.

For Agricultural service contractors, farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers & Contractors and supervisors, landscaping, grounds maintenance and horticulture services, over the period 2017-2026, new job openings (arising from expansion demand and replacement demand) are expected to total 12,800, while 12,600 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 relatively similar over the 2017-2026 period, the labour surplus condition seen in recent years is not expected to disappear over the projection period. Job openings will result primarily from retirements. The retirement rate of this occupation will be similar to the average for all occupations. Workers in this occupational group retire at a slightly older age than most workers, but their average age is higher than in other occupations. Employment growth will be weaker than the average for the rest of the economy. Nevertheless, this weak employment growth expected over the projected period contrast with the job losses recorded over the period 2007-2016. A significant share of these workers are employed in the management, administrative and other support services industry, which is expected to benefit from the growth in corporate profits and the increasing number of firms choosing to outsource support services. However, as this industry is highly labour intensive, the aging of the population and the gradual retirement of the baby boomer generation will make it more difficult to find skilled workers forcing employers to come up with new and more efficient ways of delivering services, leading to faster gains in productivity. With regard to labour supply, most job seekers will come from the school system. Mobility is expected to be positive but limited. Most of the workers joining this occupational group are landscaping and grounds maintenance labourers (NOC 8612) already aware of the job content.

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