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National Outlook – 10-Year Projection (2011-2020)

This section provides labour demand and labour supply projections for this occupation over the 2011-2020 period.

Note: The tables, graphs and middle paragraph shown under this section display updated 2011-2020 projection results. The remaining narrative text (2009-2018 projections) will be updated shortly. We apologize for the inconvenience.

The data in the following table are derived from HRSDC's Canadian Occupational Projection System (COPS). COPS uses a variety of models to produce a detailed 10-year labour market projection per broad skill level and per occupation at the national level, which focuses on the trends of labour supply and labour demand over the next ten years.

This occupation (Licensed Practical Nurses) is part of a larger occupational group called ) Other Technical Occupations in Health Care (Except Dental) (NOC 323).

Occupations in this group Opticians (3231)
Midwives and Practitioners of Natural Healing (3232)
Licensed Practical Nurses (3233)
Ambulance Attendants and Other Paramedical Occupations (3234)
Other Technical Occupations in Therapy and Assessment (3235)
Employment (non-student) in 2010 124,682
Median Age of workers in 2010 40
Average Retirement Age in 2010 60

Occupation Projection for Canada

Over the 2008-2010 period, employment in this occupation increased at a rate similar to that for all occupations. The unemployment rate remained steady and very low. The average hourly wage increased at the same rate as for other occupations. According to key labour market indicators, the number of job seekers was sufficient to fill the job openings in this occupation.

Over the 2011-2020 period, an occupation will be in excess demand (a shortage of workers) if the projected number of job openings is significantly greater than the projected number of job seekers. An occupation will be in excess supply (a surplus of workers) if the projected number of job openings is smaller than the projected number of job seekers. For Other Technical Occupations In Health Care (Except Dental), over the 2011-2020 period, job openings (arising from expansion demand and replacement demand) are expected to total 62,300 and 56,447 job seekers (arising from school leavers, immigration and mobility) are expected to be available to fill the job openings.

Based on projections and considering that labour supply and demand in this occupation were balanced over the 2008-2010 period, it is expected that the number of job seekers will continue to be sufficient to fill the job openings over the 2011-2020 period. Job openings will arise due to employment growth and replacement demand in almost equal parts. As with most occupations in the health sector, the aging population will put pressure on the demand for technical health care workers. The retirement rate in this occupation will be on par with the average for all occupations. Almost all job seekers will come directly from the school system. In addition, an analysis of recent school leavers in this occupational category showed that a significant proportion of school leavers in these fields of study, such as health care technicians and nursing graduates, entered occupations outside the health sector. The main reason for this is likely the difficult working conditions (night shifts, overtime, etc.), which discourage some school leavers from entering or remaining in the occupation.

This Chart contains data for Projection of Job Openings vs. Job Seekers for Canada. Information is available in the following tables.
Accounting and Payroll Administrator

Category Openings %
Expansion Demand 24,500 39%
Retirements 31,398 50%
Deaths 3,502 6%
Emigration 2,884 5%
Projected Job Openings 62,300 100%


 
Category Seekers %
School Leavers 42,944 76%
Immigration 3,729 7%
Net Mobility 4,500 8%
Projected Job Seekers 56,447 100%


In which industry or sector do people in this occupation find jobs in Canada?

This table shows the industry and sectors employing the highest number of people in this occupation.

 
Category %
Health care and social assistance 96.90%


What proportion of people in this occupation work full-time and part-time?

The graph displays the proportion of people in this occupation who worked full-time and part-time in comparison to the Canadian average across all occupations.

According to the Labour Force Survey (2009), 75% of workers in this occupation worked full-time, compared to the average of 81% for all occupations.

Accounting and Payroll Administrator


What proportion of men and women work in this occupation?

The graph displays the proportion of men and women in this occupation in comparison to the Canadian average across all occupations.

According to the Labour Force Survey (2009), women represented 92% of workers in this occupation, compared to the average of 48% for all occupations.

Accounting and Payroll Administrator
[ Source: 2006 Census - Statistics Canada / Labour Force Survey - Statistics Canada | Legal note ]
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