Employment, by occupation

Oil, gas and construction workers experienced rapid growth in their numbers

  • The oil and gas industry was a relatively small employer compared with other industries in 2006. It experienced very fast growth, however, in a number of occupations.

  • The number of oil and gas well drillers, servicers, testers and related workers almost doubled from 2001 to 2006 (+77.8%) to 11,500, making it the fastest-growing occupation over the period. The number of supervisors in oil and gas drilling and services rose 47.2% to about 9,400 by 2006.

  • The housing boom, especially in the western region, ignited a round of hiring. Production clerks, many of whom were employed by construction businesses, saw their numbers increase 73.3% to 24,100. The ranks of construction inspectors also grew by 61.8% to 13,700, the fifth-fastest growing occupation.

  • The number of construction trades helpers and labourers rose 57.2% to nearly 143,900 in 2006. From 2001 to 2006, their ranks expanded by 52,300, making them the seventh fastest-growing occupations.

Chart E.12
Employment growth, by occupation, 2001 and 2006

Chart E.12 Employment growth, by occupation, 2001 and 2006

Source: Statistics Canada, Census of Population, 2001 and 2006.

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