Overhead door technicians are employed in various industry sectors, including utilities, oil and gas, municipalities, construction and service providers.
There are career paths from the occupation into system design, senior project management, self-employment and executive management, all within the overhead door field.
Overhead door technicians with an occupational certification from Alberta and require further supervisory and management competencies may apply for the Alberta Achievement in Business Competencies Blue Seal business credential.
Overhead door technicians are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 7441: Residential and commercial installers and servicers. In Alberta, 85% 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 7,500 Albertans are employed in the Residential and commercial installers and servicers occupational group. This group is expected to have a below-average annual growth of 0.6% from 2016 to 2020. As a result, 45 new positions are forecast to be created each year, in addition to job openings created by employment turnover. Note: As overhead door technicians form only a part of this larger occupational group, only some of these newly created positions will be for overhead door technicians.
There are approximately 700 individuals working in Alberta as overhead door technicians. With growth for new infrastructure, buildings and oil and gas facilities predicted, it is anticipated that the demand for certified overhead door technicians will increase.