Alberta’s Short-Term Employment Forecast 2014-2016

Jul 18, 2014

Senior Managers, Engineers and Technical Sales Specialists are among the 31 professions in high demand in the province, according to the Alberta government’s 2014 short-term employment forecast. 

The Short-Term Employment Forecast (STEF) provides a three-year overview of occupations expected to be in-demand during that period.

Construction trades remain in high demand.

“We need to continue to ensure that we’re pushing construction trades information out to young people so they can see that as a viable career opportunity,” said Kyle Fawcett, Minister of Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour.

Training programs for the trades will continue to be a top priority as the province works to recruit and retain workers.

The government of Alberta projects 407,000 new jobs will be created by 2023. During that time it is also expected that 311,000 people will join the workforce.

“We haven’t seen the job creation in other areas of the country like we’ve seen here in the last 12 months,” Fawcett said. “If you took Alberta out of the picture, Canada would have lost jobs over the last 12 months.”

This strong increase in job opportunities also creates problems.

“Our long-term forecast over 10 years indicates a 96,000 person or job shortage,” Fawcett said. “There’s employment and opportunities for all those who are seeking jobs.”

Customer service clerks, letter carriers and photographers have all been placed in the low demand category.

“As the economy evolves, as technology evolves, your labour market shifts and the demand for certain occupations becomes less,” Fawcett said.

The government is working to ensure that all individuals who find themselves in a field of low demand or underemployed have the opportunity to upgrade their skills and get into an occupation of higher demand, the minister said.

High Demand Occupations

Executrade in-demand

Read all of Alberta’s Short-Term Employment Forecast here.