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 work for:
- commercial or industrial energy producers
- ethanol or biogas plants
- producers of biomass, such as forestry or agricultural companies.
Prospects for advancement come with time on the job and further education. Biofuel processing technicians can become technologists or senior operators. They may move into quality assurance or management.
The employment outlook [pdf] in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:
- trends and events that affect overall employment
- location in Alberta
- employment turnover (work opportunities that come up when people leave existing positions)
- occupational growth (work opportunities that come up when new positions are created)
- size of the occupation
In Alberta, the 2211: Chemical technologists and technicians occupational group is expected to have a below-average annual growth of 1.8% from 2019 to 2023. In addition to job openings created by employment turnover, 39 new positions are forecasted to be created within this occupational group each year.