Below-average occupational growth is expected in Alberta for 2016 to 2020. Job openings are a result of employment turnover and newly created positions.
Steamfitter-pipefitters are employed by pipeline construction contractors and sub-contractors, thermal or steam generating plants, manufacturers, utility companies, oil refineries, gas plants, pulp mills and chemical plants. Employment prospects change with the seasons and economic climates.
Experienced steamfitter-pipefitters may advance to supervisory positions such as foreman, sub-contractor, contractor and construction superintendent. Alberta certified journeyperson steamfitter-pipefitters who have the supervisory or management skills required by industry may apply for an Achievement in Business Competencies Blue Seal by contacting Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training.
Steamfitter-pipefitters are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 7252: Steamfitters, pipefitters and sprinkler systems installers. In Alberta, 86% of people employed in the classification work in the following industries:
The employment outlook in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:
- time of year (for seasonal jobs)
- 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 8,500 Albertans are employed in the Steamfitters, pipefitters and sprinkler systems installers occupational group. This group is expected to have a below-average annual growth of 0.5% from 2016 to 2020. As a result, 43 new positions are forecast to be created each year, in addition to job openings created by employment turnover. Note: As steamfitter-pipefitters form only a part of this larger occupational group, only some of these newly created positions will be for steamfitters-pipefitters.
Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.