Emerging occupations typically are the result of:
- an increased human need (for example, the need for alternate sources of energy)
- technological advances
- greater specialization within an occupation.
Often there are too few people working in an emerging occupation to gather survey information. Therefore, it can be difficult to define advancement opportunities or employment outlook. Some Albertans are already working in this emerging occupation but future demand for biofuels processing technicians is unknown.
Biofuels processing technicians may be employed by:
- commercial or industrial energy producers
- ethanol or biogas plants
- producers of biomass, such as forestry or agricultural organizations.
Biofuel processing technicians with sufficient experience and some additional education can move into technologist roles or become senior operators. Opportunities may be available in quality assurance or in management.
The employment outlook in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:
- trends and events affecting overall employment
- location in Alberta
- employment turnover (work opportunities generated by people leaving existing positions)
- occupational growth (work opportunities resulting from the creation of new positions that never existed before)
- size of the occupation