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Other Services

When Albertans need something fixed, improved, or looked after, they turn to the industry called "other services." These services can range from the tailor down the street to the social advocacy group with its head office in Edmonton. Barbers, car mechanics, pet groomers, and upholsterers belong to this industry.

GDP Gross Domestic Product

Gross domestic product (GDP) measures the overall size of an economy. In 2015, the other services industry made up 1.9% of Alberta's GDP. There is no change from 2012.

Alberta’s GDP
No change from 2012
  • repair and maintenance of motor vehicles, electronic and precision equipment, commercial and industrial machinery, and personal and household goods
  • personal care services such as hair care, massage, and esthetics
  • personal services including laundry, photo finishing, pet care, and funerals
  • religious, civic, social, social advocacy, business, or professional organizations
  • organizations that award grants
  • private households that employ butlers, cooks, maids, and other services

The other services industry employed about 122,400 people in 2016.This is an increase of 4,900 jobs or 4.2% from 2015.


63,200 men worked in the industry in 2016 (down 900 jobs or 1.4% from 2015)


59,200 women worked in the industry in 2016 (up 5,800 jobs or 10.9% from 2015)

Average Wage
Other Services
Average Hourly Wage
Average Hourly Wage
  • The average 2015 hourly wage of $24.93 for the other services industry was below the provincial average of $29.61.
Industry Performance

Between 2006 and 2016, employment in this industry grew by 32,300 jobs. However, this industry is affected by the economy's ups and downs. The slump in oil prices beginning in 2014 affected many of its sectors, such as pet care and personal grooming services. Between 2015 and 2016, the GDP for personal, laundry, and other services dropped by 3.7%.

Industry Outlook

Household consumer spending is predicted to go up by 2.8% in 2017. Much of that increase is from the purchase of motor vehicles and parts, and gasoline. Still, consumer spending is predicted to climb steadily as the economy improves and unemployment drops. The annual disposable income of Albertans will rise by 3.1% in 2019, 3.9% in 2020, and 4.6% by 2021. Once Albertans feel they have that kind of extra money in their pockets, they’ll drop off more dry cleaning, have more haircuts, and make more dog-grooming appointments.

Industry Employment Trends

Employment in this industry is expected to grow at an average rate of 1.7% from 2016 to 2019.

OCCinfo has more information about occupations in Alberta, including details about duties, working conditions, educational requirements, employment outlook, and salary ranges. You can also find reports on region-specific information about wages, job vacancies, and hiring difficulties in this industry. Visit the Survey Analysis to learn more.

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