Estimated employment in 2006
The estimated employment for the year 2006 shows approximately how many people are working in the occupation. Some occupational groups are large – such as sales clerks or retail trade managers – each with over 100,000 workers. Other occupations have relatively small workforces; for example, employment of air traffic controllers or railway engineers each number less than 2,000 in Ontario.
The proportion of men and women working in an occupation can vary substantially and is continually changing over time. In some occupations, however, men dominate employment; in others – women; and in still others, the workforce is fairly evenly divided between the two sexes.
In many occupations, such as in management occupations, most of the employment is full-time. However, there is a significant number of occupations where part-time employment is present to varying degrees. For example, many of the jobs for beverage and food servers are part-time. The Labour Force Survey definition of employment used in this analysis counts part-time jobs in the employment totals.
Many workers, especially in occupations associated with manufacturing and production, are employees of organizations. On the other hand, many workers in professional occupations are self-employed. Self-employment has been a growing phenomenon in recent years and is found in varying degrees in a wide range of occupations.
Main industries of employment
The percent of total employment is shown in the industry sectors that are of greatest importance for the occupation. Some occupations, such as secretaries, are found in many industries while others, such as tool and die makers, are mainly found in one sector, in this case - manufacturing. (For a quick reference, a sampling of typical employers is also provided along with the description of the occupation.)