Job prospects Technical Sales Specialist - Metals in Ontario

Job opportunities for Technical sales specialists - wholesale trade (NOC 6221) are good in Ontario over the next 3 years. These job prospects are also applicable to people working as a technical sales specialist - metals.

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

technical sales specialist - metals
Prospects over the next 3 years

The employment outlook will be good for Technical sales specialists - wholesale trade (NOC 6221) 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 small number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.

Technical sales specialists in wholesale trade are employed across a wide variety of industries, with the greatest concentration working in machinery, equipment and supplies wholesaler-distributors.

Employment growth in this field depends upon the level of business and consumer spending which is driven by the overall economic environment. In stronger economic periods, there is often a greater level of expenditure and investment, supporting the demand for these workers. Advancements in logistics technology in wholesale may increase the need for specialists to work with clients for companies to remain competitive. Self-employment and consultant work opportunities exist for experienced workers who are established and have contacts in specific industries.

Specialists with strong experience with technical sales, customer service, product knowledge and formal education may have a more favourable outlook. Workers may be required to travel to meet with clients therefore a willingness to travel and knowledge of other languages are likely assets. Those with a combination of sales experience or training and solid communication, collaboration, relationship building and problem solving skills will likely have the best job prospects.

Here are some key facts about Technical sales specialists - wholesale trade in the Ontario region:

  • Approximately 58,500 people work in this occupation.
  • Technical sales specialists - wholesale trade mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Wholesale trade (NAICS 41): 36%
    • Information and cultural industries (NAICS 51): 12%
    • Computer systems design services (NAICS 5415): 12%
    • Construction (NAICS 23): 5%
  • The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
    • Full-time workers: 93% compared to 79% for all occupations
    • Part-time workers: 7% compared to 21% for all occupations
  • 75% of technical sales specialists - wholesale trade work all year, while 25% 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.
  • 8% of technical sales specialists - wholesale trade are self-employed compared to an average of 12% for all occupations.
  • Breakdown by region

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    Job prospects elsewhere in Canada

    We expect that the labour supply and demand for Technical sales specialists - wholesale trade (NOC 6221) will be balanced in Canada over the next 10 years.

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