Most siding installers are employed by:
- exterior finishing companies working on new construction and renovation companies
- residential, commercial and industrial construction companies
- fabrication workshops.
Many siding installers stay in this occupation until retirement. However, advancement opportunities may include self-employment or positions such as estimator, inspector and foreman.
Siding installers 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 siding installers form only a part of this larger occupational group, only some of these newly created positions will be for siding installers.
Although expected occupational growth is below average, employment prospects for this occupation vary considerably depending on economic conditions. Also, ongoing recruitment is needed to deal with employment turnover, especially as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.