Emerging occupations typically are a result of:
- An increased human need (for example, environmentally friendly ways to dispose of electronic devices)
- 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 electronics recycling workers is unknown.
Additional training related to computer software certification may be required to advance to technician positions. Electronic recycling workers with experience and leadership skills may move into supervisory positions. Management positions generally require post-secondary education in business administration or marketing.
Electronics recycling workers are employed by private electronics recycling companies that may contract services to municipalities.
Electronics recycling workers are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 9619: Other labourers in processing, manufacturing and utilities. In Alberta, 77% of people employed in this classification work in the following industries:
The employment outlook [pdf] in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors, including:
- Trends and events affecting overall employment (especially in the Manufacturing industry)
- Location in Alberta
- Employment turnover (when people leave existing positions)
- Occupational growth (when new positions are created)
- Size of the occupation
In Alberta, the 9619: Other labourers in processing, manufacturing and utilities occupational group is expected to have a below-average annual growth of 1.5% from 2019 to 2023. In addition to job openings created by employment turnover, 20 new positions are forecasted to be created within this occupational group each year.