Fund development professionals are employed by all types of charitable, not-for-profit and public sector organizations such as:
- Health facilities and disease-specific organizations
- Religious organizations
- Cultural and arts organizations
- Social service agencies
- Consulting firms that provide fundraising services on a contract basis to not-for-profit and charitable organizations
Experienced fund development professionals in larger organizations may advance to campaign director or fund development director positions. They may also specialize in specific areas (see Duties). Advancement may require moving to another location or employer.
Fund development professionals are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 1123: Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations. In Alberta, 75% of people employed in this classification work in the following industries:
The employment outlook [pdf] in this occupation is 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 (when people leave existing positions)
- Occupational growth (when new positions are created)
- Size of the occupation
In Alberta, the F024: Professional Occupations in Public Relations and Communications occupational group is expected to have a below-average annual growth of 1.4% from 2016 to 2020. In addition to job openings created by employment turnover, 113 new positions are forecasted to be created within this occupational group each year.