Below-average occupational growth is expected in Alberta for 2016 to 2020. Job openings are a result of employment turnover and newly created positions.
In Alberta, police officers are employed by:
- the Royal Canadian Mounted Police
- municipal police services
- First Nation police services.
Following induction, recruits undergo a period of basic training that includes classroom lectures, physical fitness activities and in service street policing. Training is followed by assignment to a patrol or traffic division while partnered with a field training officer. Advanced and specialized training is provided later for experienced officers. Promotion to supervisory positions generally requires years of experience.
Police officers are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 4311: Police officers (except commissioned). In Alberta, 98% of people employed in this classification work in the Public Administration industry.
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 Public Administration industry)
- 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 9,300 Albertans are employed in the Police officers (except commissioned) occupational group. This group is not expected to grow from 2016 to 2020.
Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.