Your career decisions are important, so you’ll want to make sure you are well informed when making your choices. That’s where labour market information plays a key role.
One of the most complete sources of labour market information is the Internet. With basic computer skills and Internet access, you have at your fingertips just about everything you’d ever want to know about occupations, employment and the workplace.
If you don’t have access to a computer, most Alberta Works Centres and public libraries offer computers with Internet access—and staff who can show you how to use them—at no charge. To locate a service centre near you, call the Career Information Hotline at 1-800-661-3753 or in Edmonton 780-422-4266.
Use these guidelines to find the labour market information you need.
Avoid information overload
There’s so much labour market information online that it can be a bit overwhelming. Follow these tips to avoid information overload while you’re searching the Internet:
- Start with the reliable sources described in this article and gradually expand your search by clicking on links on those websites.
- When you visit related websites, check to make sure you’re still looking at information that is both relevant to your region and reliable. Most websites include a profile about the host organization.
- Limit your search to labour market information related to Alberta or Canada, rather than to other provinces and countries.
Start with ALIS
The Alberta Learning Information Service (ALIS) is an online gateway to Alberta-specific information about all aspects of career, education and work search. It’s a great place to start your online search for labour market information.
Take some time to explore ALIS. Start by checking out:
- opportunities and trends, including general occupational and industry outlooks and labour force statistics
- industry outlooks for 12 key sectors in the province
- more than 550 occupational profiles that you can search by title, industry and keyword. You can refine searches by field of study, industry, employment outlook and other filters.
The following websites, hosted by government departments, industry organizations and businesses, offer reliable labour market information:
- albertacanada.com offers information on the Alberta economy, industries and products and many links to other related information.
- Labour Market Information, by Alberta Labour, links to labour market statistics, analysis and profiles.
- Alberta Library Online allows you to search the catalogues of public, post-secondary and special libraries in Alberta.
- Industry Canada, the federal government department, provides information on a wide range of business, financial, development, innovation and investment issues.
- Statistics Canada is the federal government source for statistical information and analysis.
- The Alliance of Sector Councils, an alliance of business, labour, education and other professional groups, analyzes human resources issues.
- TD Economics and RBC Economics Research offer Canadian and international economic and financial analysis.
Use other online resources
Explore other potential sources for labour market information:
- Unions and professional associations post labour market information on their websites. Some also offer online newsletters and forums.
- Local chambers of commerce provide information about the current business climate and local opportunities.
- Social networking and professional networking websites offer interest and industry groups that may put you in contact with people working in sectors and occupations you’re interested in.
Use search engines
Use a search engine such as Google, Yahoo or Bing to expand your search for information. You can try keywords related to labour market information you need. You can narrow your search by adding a location or a specific industry to your search terms; for example, “labour market information Drumheller” or “labour market information oil and gas.” Consult the Help menu on the search engine you’re using to learn more about search techniques.
You can find reliable labour market information online
It’s easy to explore labour market information online—one website will very often lead you on to several more. Make sure you are using sites you can trust. Use recommended sources to be confident that you’re gathering reliable, up-to-date information that will prepare you to make well-informed choices about your future.