High Value Skills: The Contribution of Canada’s Engineering and Applied Science Technicians and Technologists

The Conference Board of Canada, April 19, 2016
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In 2013–14, more than 400,000 Canadians were employed as engineering and applied science technicians and technologists. Employment growth for this occupational group has strongly outpaced overall employment growth for Canada as a whole over the past 15 years. And average wages in these occupations are more than 20 per cent higher than the national average.

Join us for this webinar in which Pedro Antunes and Julie Adès will provide an economic portrait of an important segment of Canada’s skilled workforce: the engineering and applied science technicians and technologists.

This group includes an array of different occupations requiring distinct sets of skills and involving diverse responsibilities. Based on 21 occupational categories, our research quantifies the group’s contribution to the Canadian economy, analyzes past employment trends, and discusses the main factors that will likely influence demand for such professionals in coming years.

The Conference Board of Canada undertook research in this area with funding and support from Technology Professionals Canada (TPC), which is a federally incorporated body representing engineering and applied science technicians and technologists from British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario.

Webinar Highlights

Topics addressed in this 60-minute webinar include:

  • Who are Canada’s engineering and applied science technicians and technologists and what is their contribution to the economy?
  • What are the major industrial trends affecting the demand for technical professionals?
  • What are the top 10 occupational categories, as measured by the number of workers in each occupation?
  • What are the challenges of the growing wave of retirement among today’s technical professionals, which is expected to accelerate, leading to the need to find and train individuals to fill vacant positions?

About Pedro

Photo of Pedro AntunesPedro Antunes is Deputy Chief Economist at The Conference Board of Canada. He is responsible for managing a team of economists in producing the Conference Board’s national and provincial medium and long-term economic forecasts along with other economic indicators and reports. Pedro joined the Conference Board as an economist in 1991 and has moved progressively into more senior roles since joining the Board.

About Julie

Photo of Julie AdèsJulie Adès, was lead researcher and author on the project. Julie is a Senior Economist with the National Forecasting group at The Conference Board of Canada. She is responsible for the medium and long-term outlooks of the labour market, household spending and income and some areas of the demographic forecast. Julie joined the Conference Board in 2008. She holds a M.A. in economics from Laval University where she specialized in natural resources and environmental economics. She also holds a B.A. in economics, management and international relations with great distinction from McGill University.

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