Emerging occupations typically are the result of:
- an increased human need (for example, 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 already are working in this emerging occupation but future demand for data miners is unknown.
Data miners work for a variety of employers including:
- medical and educational research agencies
- natural resource companies
- environmental research companies
- market research companies
- pharmaceutical companies
- large retail companies
- post-secondary schools.
Most jobs are located in major urban areas.
Outstanding individuals who have graduate degrees and many years of experience may move into management positions or become private consultants.
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.