Material Handlers – NOC 7452 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 currently working in the occupation as compared to the total number of people within the occupation as of the week 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 in SDG was 5.8%


of People Working in this Occupation

55.2% of the workforce has a secondary school diploma

22.6% of the workforce does not have a secondary school diploma

Age of the Workforce

in this Occupation

42.0% of the workforce is age 25 to 44

Sectors that Employ this Occupation

29% of material handlers are employed in the Transportation and Warehousing sector

21% work in the Manufacturing sector.

Employment Outlook

The employment outlook in our region for 2017-2019 is fair.  Employment growth will lead to a moderate number of new positions and several positions will become available due to retirements.

Projected growth rate in Ontario: Less than or equal to 0%

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What Else Do I Need to Know?

  • Material Handlers is the eighth most common occupation in SDG.
  • Employment Outlook for Material Handlers in the Ottawa Economic Region is fair. The wholesale trade, transportation and warehousing and retail trade sectors are significant local employers of material handlers. Technological advancement and increases in online sales should stimulate employment in these sectors. On the other hand, increased automation of storage and retrieval systems has been negatively impacting the demand for this occupation**. Bilingualism may be an asset.
  • Individuals with forklift operator certification or overhead crane certification, a D or DZ license, and experience on other material handling equipment may have better employment prospects. As well, workers available for shift and weekend work may find it easier to secure employment.
  • For more information directly from local employers about this occupation, click on Manufacturing Services Sector, Transportation & Warehousing Services Sector and/or Wholesale & Retail Trade Services Sector.