Job prospects Executive Assistant in Ontario

Job opportunities for Executive assistants (NOC 1222) are fair in Ontario 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 Ontario

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Prospects over the next 3 years

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

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to several new positions.
  • Several positions will become available due to retirements.
  • There are a moderate number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.

Executive assistants are employed by all industries. Key employers include public administration mainly at the federal level, as well as finance and insurance, and professional, technical, and scientific services.

Many executive assistants provide direct support to senior management, boards, and committees, in roles that require a broad range of skills. These include taking initiative,the ability to coordinate multiple schedules, strong interpersonal skills and the ability to interact with a variety of clients and stakeholders. As more tasks become automated due to technological advancement, the nature of the occupation may change and duties may become more focused on research and coordination with people and managing smaller projects.

Candidates with at least five years' administrative experience, strong oral and written communication skills, and knowledge of advanced Microsoft Office Suite are the most sought after in the labour market. Employers also usually require individuals to have completed a college or university-level program in a discipline related to business or administration.

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

  • Approximately 12,950 people work in this occupation.
  • Executive assistants mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Federal government public administration (NAICS 911): 12%
    • Monetary Authorities - central bank and securities, commodity contracts and other intermediation and related activities (NAICS 521, 522, 523): 11%
    • Religious, grant-making, civic, and professional and similar organizations (NAICS 813): 6%
    • Provincial and territorial public administration (NAICS 912): 5%
  • The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
    • Full-time workers: 94% compared to 79% for all occupations
    • Part-time workers: 6% compared to 21% for all occupations
  • 76% of executive assistants work all year, while 24% 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 34 weeks compared to 31 weeks for all occupations.
  • Less than 5% of executive assistants are self-employed compared to an average of 12% for all occupations.
  • Breakdown by region

    Explore job prospects in Ontario by economic region.

    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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