Labourers in chemical products processing and utilities – NOC 9613 SDG


Number of People Who Work in this Industry


Median Income of People Working in this Occupation


Chance this Occupation Will Be Impacted by Technology in the Next Decade


Participation Rate
Percentage of the number of people actively working in the occupation as compared to the total number of people in the occupation as of
May 1 to May 7 2016


Unemployment Rate
Percentage of people looking for work as compared to the total number of people in the occupation as of the week of May 1 to May 7, 2016, when the unemployment rate was 7.8% in SDG and 5.3% in PR.


of People Working in this Occupation

60.0% of the workforce has a secondary school diploma

40.0% of the workforce does not have a secondary school diploma

Age of the Workforce

in this Occupation

50.0% of the workforce is age 45 to 64

Sectors that Employ this Occupation

45% of labourers in chemical products processing and utilities work in the manufacturing sector.

18% work in each of the following sectors:  utilities, construction, retail and administrative services.

Employment Outlook

The employment outlook in our region for 2017-2019 is fair.

Employment growth will lead to a moderate number of new positions.

Several positions will become available due to retirements.

There are a moderate number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.

Projected growth rate in Ontario: 8.1% – 9%

More Information

What Else Do I Need to Know?

More than one-half of all labourers in this field work in chemical manufacturing. Chemical goods are used in nearly all manufacturing operations as well as for construction purposes. Improvements across several manufacturing industries should support the need for chemical production. As more industries continue to use value-added chemical products, job prospects in this occupation may be steady in the short term. However, potential slowdowns in industries that use chemical inputs, like construction and automotive, may affect job opportunities over the forecast period.

Within chemical manufacturing, a large number of these labourers are employed in pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing and soap, cleaning compound and toilet preparation manufacturing in the province.

Individuals who can work various shifts in a physically demanding environment may have better job prospects. As the industry continues to use more technology, labourers that are familiar with advanced machinery may have better labour market outcomes.