Computer Engineers

(NOC 2147)


These comments are for the career group of Other Engineers, which includes Computer Engineers.

Job prospects for this career are rated LIMITED because:

Having continued to increase sharply until 2000, the number of computer engineers has declined slightly until 2005, before gaining momentum again. The major upsurge in the 1990s can be explained by the rapid growth of the computer industry, in terms of both the number of users and scope. However, the boom petered out in 2001, mostly because companies reduced their investment in the computer sector. The return to growth from 2005 can be explained by an increase in such investment. As this trend is likely to continue over the next few years, so we should be seeing a sharp increase in their numbers, although the pace will be more moderate than it was in the 1990s.

Job opportunities will come mainly from employment increase and, to a lesser degree, from positions vacated by engineers who will obtain promotions to management positions and sometimes to positions related to sales and marketing (NOC 6221 Technical Sales Specialists, Wholesale Trade).

Although labour market prospects for graduates in computer engineering and computer construction engineering were excellent at the end of the 1990s, they deteriorated considerably between 2001 and 2003. It improved slightly in 2005 and 2007, was excellent again in 2009 and is expected to remain so over the next few years.

Job Seekers: 37,851
Job Openings: 36,655

Job prospects for this career are rated Limited

Last Updated: May 12, 2012