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Job prospects in the construction trades and occupations

Trades to discover

Employed
workers in 2015

Average
age in 2015

New employees in 2015

Job prospects from 2016 to 2019*

Boiler maker 697 43 20 Fairly low Employment dropping slightly, very high availability. Significant turnover. Ageing workforce.
Cement finisher 2,873 38 174 High Stable employment, good availability. Graduates find jobs very easily. Significant turnover.
Erector mechanic (glazier) 2,408 38 124 Fairly high Employment dropping slightly, good availability. Graduates find jobs very easily. Significant turnover.
Insulator 1,053 39 39 Fairly high Employment dropping slightly, high availability.
Interior systems installer 2,650 36 201 Fairly high Employment dropping slightly, high availability. Significant turnover.
Reinforcing steel erector 1,494 37 42 Fairly high Stable employment, high availability. Significant turnover.

The classics

Employed
workers in 2015

Average
age in 2015

New employees in 2015

Job prospects from 2016 to 2019*

Carpenter-joiner (including the specialties of concrete former, deep foundation layer, and flooring specialist sander) 40 587 38 1 982 Fairly high Employment dropping slightly, high availability. Significant turnover.
Electrician (excluding the specialty of security system installer) 15 908 38 901 Fairly high Employment dropping slightly, high availability. Graduates find jobs very easily.
Electrician specializing in security system installation 1,238 41 71 Fairly high Employment dropping slightly, high availability. Graduates find jobs very easily.
Pipe fitter 9,086 38 495 Fairly high Employment dropping slightly, high availability. Significant turnover.
Pipe welder (high pressure) 549 46 11 Fairly low Employment dropping slightly, very high availability. Ageing workforce.
Tinsmith 4,470 39 171 Fairly high Employment dropping slightly, high availability. Graduates find jobs very easily. Significant turnover.
Welder 262 42 9 Fairly high Stable employment, good availability. Significant turnover.

The mechanics

Employed
workers in 2015

Average
age in 2015

New employees in 2015

Job prospects from 2016 to 2019*

Elevator mechanic 1,081 39 51 Fairly high Employment dropping slightly, low availability.
Fire-protection mechanic 1,160 36 60 Fairly high Employment dropping slightly, good availability. Significant turnover.
Heavy equipment mechanic 364 43 8 Fairly high Stable employment, high availability. Significant  turnover. Ageing workforce.
Millwright 1,018 45 17 Fairly low Employment dropping slightly, very high availability. Ageing workforce.
Refrigeration mechanic 3,502 37 194 Fairly high Employment dropping slightly, good availability. Graduates find a job very easily.

Get behind the wheel

Employed
workers in 2015

Average
age in 2015

New employees in 2015

Job prospects from 2016 to 2019*

Crane operator (including the specialty of operator of concrete pump with distribution mast) 1,647 44 35 Fairly high Stable employment, good availability. Graduates find a job very easily. Ageing workforce.
Heavy equipment operator 5,967  45 80 Fairly high Employment rising sharply, high availability. Ageing workforce.
Shovel operator 6,772 43 76 Fairly high Employment rising fairly, high availability. Ageing workforce.

If you like straight lines

Employed
workers in 2015

Average
age in 2015

New employees in 2015

Job prospects from 2016 to 2019*

Bricklayer-mason 4,914 36 326 Fairly high Employment dropping slightly, high availability. Significant turnover.
Painter 5,446 43 282 Fairly high Employment dropping slightly, high availability. Significant turnover. Ageing workforce.
Plasterer 3,017 39 143 Fairly high Employment dropping slightly, high availability. Graduates find a job very easily. High turnover.
Resilient flooring layer 1,193 43 64 High Employment dropping slightly, good availability. Graduates find a job very easily. Significant turnover. Ageing workforce.
Surveyor 1,068 38 32 High Employment rising sharply, good availability.
Tile setter 2,439 38 197 Fairly high Employment dropping slightly, good availability. Significant turnover

For the adventurous

Employed
workers in 2015

Average
age in 2015

New employees in 2015

Job prospects from 2014 to 2017*

Blaster/driller 546 41 8 Fairly high Stable employment, good availability. Ageing workforce.
Diver 138 35 13 High Employment rising sharply, good availability. High turnover.
Ironworker 3,050 41 75 Fairly high Stable employment, high availability.
Lineman 1,154 41 43 Fairly high Employment dropping slightly, good availability. Ageing workforce.
Roofer 5,539 36 515 High Employment dropping slightly, low availability. Graduates find a job very easily. Significant turnover.

*Methodology:
The need for workers by trade falls into five categories (very low, fairly low, fairly high, high, and very high) according to results in five parameters.
(1) Forecast annual average growth in volume of work from 2016 to 2019.
(2) Average availability rate (a measurement of unemployment) in June 2016, for holders of competency certificates (apprentices, journeymen, occupation workers), according to the CCQ’s records.
(3) Unemployment rate of new graduates, in June 2013, according to La Relance au secondaire en formation professionnelle, a survey conducted by the Ministère de l’Éducation, de l'enseignement supérieur et de la recherche.
(4) Forecast erosion rate (net departures before integration of new workers), according to the CCQ’s records.
(5) Proportion of employees aged 55 years and older in 2015, according to the CCQ’s records.