Below-average occupational growth is expected in Alberta for 2016 to 2020. Job openings are a result of employment turnover and newly created positions.
Civil engineering technologists are employed by:
- construction companies
- engineering consulting firms
- manufacturing companies
- land developers
- municipal and provincial public works, environment and transportation departments.
They may be employed full time or on a contract basis, in rural or urban locations. Some work is seasonal.
Civil engineering technologists may work in the construction field as estimators, inspectors, supervisors or project managers. Some are employed as laboratory technologists who test construction materials and building products, or sales representatives who sell construction materials.
Civil engineering technologists are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 2231: Civil engineering technologists and technicians. In Alberta, 79% of people employed in this classification work in the following industries:
The employment outlook in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:
- trends and events affecting overall employment (especially in the industries listed above)
- 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.
Over 5,100 Albertans are employed in the Civil engineering technologists and technicians occupational group. This group is expected to have a below-average annual growth of 1.2% from 2016 to 2020. As a result, 61 new positions are forecast to be created each year, in addition to job openings created by employment turnover. Note: As civil engineering technologists form only a part of this larger occupational group, only some of these newly created positions will be for civil engineering technologists.
Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.