Where are job trends headed in the future?

It is difficult to accurately predict which occupations will be in demand in the future, and how many jobs will be created in these occupations. Economic conditions, technological developments, demographics and consumer behaviour will continue to affect the labour market, the occupational composition, and the kinds of job opportunities that will be available.

We do know that most new job creation is expected to be in occupations requiring considerable education and training. Management skills, which are usually gained through experience following a period of formal education and training, will account for about 11 per cent of all new jobs.

Occupations requiring a university degree are expected to account for 25 per cent of new jobs and those with extensive post-secondary but less than university degree requirements will account for 35 per cent of new jobs.

Occupations requiring high school and/or occupation-specific training are expected to account for 19 per cent of new jobs.

The smallest contribution to new jobs – 9 per cent – will come from occupations that require only short on-the-job training without a secondary school diploma.

This chart shows the skill level or usual educational requirement of new jobs that are projected to be created in Ontario betwen 2013 and 2017. These projections show that 35 percent of new jobs are expected to be in occupations requiring college or apprenticeship; 25 percent in occupations requiring university; 19 percent in occupations requiring high school or occupation specific training; 11 percent in management; and 10 percent in occupations requiring only brief on the job training.