Emerging occupations typically are the result of:
- An increased human need (for example, restoration of natural resources to productive condition)
- 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 reclamation specialists is unknown.
Reclamation specialists are employed by:
- Environmental and engineering consulting firms
- Waste management firms
- Oil and gas, mining and forestry companies
- Non-government organizations (NGOs)
- Various levels of government
- Colleges, universities and research institutes
Reclamation specialists are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 2131: Civil engineers. In Alberta, 83% 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 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 2131: Civil engineers occupational group is expected to have an average annual growth of 1.9% from 2019 to 2023. In addition to job openings created by employment turnover, 154 new positions are forecasted to be created within this occupational group each year.
Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.