Male employment, by occupation

One in four men work in construction trades, transport or equipment-operating occupations

  • About 2.3 million men were engaged in construction trades, transport or equipment operation occupations in 2007, accounting for just over one-quarter of all men employed that year. An additional 1.8 million (one in five) worked in sales and services. Men were least likely to be found in health occupations (193,000), or art, culture, recreation and sport (231,000).

  • The greatest employment growth for men has taken place in natural and applied sciences, with an average annual growth rate of about 4.3% from 1996 to 2007. The occupation group construction trades, transport and equipment operators only increased by an annual average of 1.8% over the same period. However, there was strong growth for the subgroup construction trades (+3.8%). In recent years, there has also been a strong push in employment in health occupations. This contrasts with weak employment growth observed in processing, manufacturing and utilities, where pronounced declines have been observed from 2005 to 2007, leaving the average annual employment growth rate in these occupations at only 0.5% from 1996 to 2007.

Chart E.14
Distribution of male employment, by occupation, 2007

Chart E.14 Distribution of male employment, by occupation, 2007

Source: Statistics Canada, Labour Force Survey, CANSIM table 282-0010.

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