Job prospects Executive Assistant in Nova Scotia

Job opportunities for Executive assistants (NOC 1222) are fair in Nova Scotia over the next 3 years. These job prospects are also applicable to people working as an executive assistant.

Note that these employment prospects were published in December 2019 based on information available at that time. You can read our new special report to learn about the impact of COVID-19 on some occupations in your province or territory. You can also visit the Canadian Online Job Posting Dashboard to find the latest data on the demand and work requirements for this occupation.

Job opportunities in Nova Scotia

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Prospects over the next 3 years

The employment outlook will be fair for Executive assistants (NOC 1222) in Nova Scotia for the 2019-2021 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment decline will lead to the loss of a few positions.
  • Several positions will become available due to retirements.
  • There are a moderate number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.

While job growth and retirements are expected to drive opportunites, some competition for positions is likely to occur due to individuals in related occupations, such as administrative officers, looking to move up and further their career. This should lead to fairly balanced job prospects for this occupation. In addition, internal hiring for Executive Assistants is common within firms, limiting opportunites for external candidates.

Here are some key facts about Executive assistants in the Nova Scotia region:

  • Approximately 650 people work in this occupation.
  • Executive assistants mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Federal government public administration (NAICS 911): 14%
    • Provincial and territorial public administration (NAICS 912): 12%
    • Monetary Authorities - central bank and securities, commodity contracts and other intermediation and related activities (NAICS 521, 522, 523): 8%
    • Religious, grant-making, civic, and professional and similar organizations (NAICS 813): 8%
  • The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
    • Full-time workers: 94% compared to 80% for all occupations
    • Part-time workers: 6% compared to 20% for all occupations
  • 78% of executive assistants work all year, while 22% work only part of the year, compared to 62% and 38% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 33 weeks compared to 30 weeks for all occupations.
  • Breakdown by region

    Explore job prospects in Nova Scotia by economic region.

    Location Job prospects
    Annapolis Valley Region Fair Fair
    Cape Breton Region Fair Fair
    Halifax Region Fair Fair
    North Shore Region Fair Fair
    Southern Region Fair Fair
    Legend: The job opportunities can be: Undetermined Limited Fair Good

    Source Labour Market Information | Prospects Methodology

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    Job prospects elsewhere in Canada

    We expect that the labour supply and demand for Executive assistants (NOC 1222) will be balanced in Canada over the next 10 years.

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