Job prospects General Farm Worker near Charlottetown (PE)

Explore current and future job prospects for General farm workers near Charlottetown (PE). These trends also apply to people working as a general farm worker.

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

Recent trends

Balanced labour market

The prospect of finding work in this occupation was fair over the past few years (2016-2018). The number of job openings was about the same as the number of workers available.

Source Labour Market Information | Recent Trends Methodology

Job prospects

general farm worker
Outlook over the next 3 years
Good Good

The employment outlook will be good for General farm workers (NOC 8431) in Prince Edward Island for the 2019-2021 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to several 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.
  • Due to the seasonal nature of this occupation, employment opportunities may vary depending on the time of the year.

According to the 2016 Census of Agriculture, P.E.I. reported 1,353 farms, down 9.5% from 2011. While the total farm area fell, average farm size grew from 398 acres in 2011 to 425 acres in 2016. However employment opportunities are expected to remain stable for general farmer workers, since low wages combined with the seasonal nature and physical demands of the job influence high turnover.

Although this occupation does not require specific training or education, as farms continue to modernize, workers may be required to use new types of farm machinery and equipment and follow guidelines related to the care of livestock mainly to prevent or reduce the economic effect of livestock diseases. Many general farm workers will be required to work long hours, in varied weather conditions and often in rural, remote locations.

Here are some key facts about General farm workers in the Prince Edward Island region:

  • Approximately 1,100 people work in this occupation.
  • General farm workers mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Agriculture (NAICS 111, 112, 1151, 1152):more than 95%
  • The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
    • Full-time workers: 83% compared to 83% for all occupations
    • Part-time workers: 17% compared to 17% for all occupations
  • 28% of general farm workers work all year, while 72% work only part of the year, compared to 58% and 42% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 23 weeks compared to 27 weeks for all occupations.
  • 6% of general farm workers are self-employed compared to an average of 11% for all occupations.
  • Source Labour Market Information | Outlook Methodology

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