(NOC 2111)


These comments cover the general category of Physical Science Professionals, which includes Physicists.

The majority of job openings will result from retirements, despite a retirement rate below the occupational average. New job creation will be weak over the 2011-2020 period. Given that the majority of workers in this occupation hold positions in public administration or in the rubber, plastic and chemical products manufacturing industry, the occupation will be affected by the lacklustre growth in these two fields. The rubber, plastic and chemical products industry was deeply affected by the recession and the rise in energy costs. The budget constraints with which various levels of government are currently dealing will also halt the creation of new positions for physical science professionals. Geologists, geochemists and geophysicists will, however, benefit from growth in the mining sector as a result of the increase in global demand for raw materials. In terms of supply, the majority of job seekers will be new graduates. In fact, the number of new graduates over the 2011-2020 period will be greater than the number of job openings. The number of new graduates will be so high in comparison to employment growth that a large number of these graduates are expected to go into another occupation, for example, integrating technical occupations in physical sciences. This explains the negative mobility in this occupation.

Job Seekers: 20,824
Job Openings: 13,707

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Last Updated: May 20, 2012