Overhead door technicians are employed in various industry sectors, including utilities, oil and gas, municipalities, construction and service providers. They can move into career paths leading to system design, senior project management, self-employment and executive management, all within the overhead door field.
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 [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
According to Apprenticeship and Industry Training, there are approximately 700 individuals working in Alberta as overhead door technicians (2020 estimate). 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.
In Alberta, the H531: Residential and Commercial Installers and Servicers occupational group is expected to have a below-average annual growth of 0.6% from 2016 to 2020. In addition to job openings created by employment turnover, 45 new positions are forecasted to be created within this occupational group each year.