Industry Focus: Educational Services

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Industry Focus: Educational Services

This month’s industry focus is educational services. Employment data for educational services are obtained from the Labour Force Survey, which focuses on the St. Catharines-Niagara Census Metropolitan Area (CMA). As a result, these data do not include Grimsby or West Lincoln. For additional information on employment in Grimsby and West Lincoln please review our municipal snapshot documents.

Results from the Labour Force Survey indicate that approximately 13,400 individuals residing in Niagara were employed in educational services throughout 2017. This puts educational services as the 5th largest source of employment for Niagara residents.

Figure 1 shows the number of employed individuals in educational services. These data specifically refer to those living in the St. Catharines-Niagara CMA and are employed in educational services. Over the past five years the educational services industry has seen multiple fluctuations in the number of individuals reporting employment. Figure 2 shows the percentage of all Niagara residents employed in educational services.

Figure 1. Historical Employment in Educational Services, 2013-2017, St. Catharines-Niagara CMA

Figure 1. Historical Employment in Educational Services, 2013-2017, St. Catharines-Niagara CMA

Source: Statistics Canada. Table 14-10-0098-01 Employment by industry, annual, census metropolitan areas

Figure 2. Percentage of all Employment That Educational Services Represents, 2013-2017, St. Catharines-Niagara CMA

Figure 2. Percentage of all Employment That Educational Services Represents, 2013-2017, St. Catharines-Niagara CMA

Source: Statistics Canada. Table 14-10-0098-01 Employment by industry, annual, census metropolitan areas

While data from Statistics Canada report on the number of people living in Niagara who work within a given industry, the data in Table 1 provide a count of the number of jobs in Niagara in educational services. Here, the data are based on the Niagara region and include all 12 local municipalities.  Overall, the number of jobs between 2013 and 2017 in Niagara increased by 10.8% or 1,371 jobs. These data indicate that the number of educational service jobs in Niagara has had a steady increase over the past five years, which contrasts the fluctuations in employment numbers.

It is important to note here that the above data (Figures 1 and 2) reflect the number of individuals living in Niagara that report employment in educational services; this number does equal the number of jobs in Niagara. Job count data are presented in Table 1. It also should be noted that not all who are employed in educational services are working in Niagara. People also may commute to work which could contribute to the current trend of there being a larger number of jobs than individuals reporting employment in the industry.


Table 1. Number of Jobs and Average Wages per Job in Educational Services, 2013-2017, Niagara  

Industry  2013 Jobs  2014 Jobs  2015 Jobs  2016 Jobs  2017 Jobs  Avg. Wages Per Job 
Educational Services  12,721  12,902 13,517 13,889 14,092 $56,731

Source: EMSI Analyst, 2018.1, employees

Table 2 dives deeper into educational services to provide an outline of the most common occupations within the industry.

Table 2. Top 10 Occupations within the Educational Services Industry, 2017, Niagara  

NOC Description Employed in Industry (2017) % of Total Jobs in Industry (2017) Median Hourly Wages
4032 Elementary school and kindergarten teachers 2,268 16.1% $39.32
4030 Secondary and elementary school teachers and educational counsellors, n.e.c. 1,838 13.0% $38.65
4413 Elementary and secondary school teacher assistants 1,132 8.0% $22.56
4031 Secondary school teachers 967 6.9% $45.00
4012 Post-secondary teaching and research assistants 891 6.3% $27.26
4011 University professors and lecturers 710 5.0% $51.66
4021 College and other vocational instructors 689 4.9% $40.52
4214 Early childhood educators and assistants 594 4.2% $16.08
6733 Janitors, caretakers and building superintendents 525 3.7% $17.20
1221 Administrative officers 277 2.0% $22.73

Source: EMSI Analyst, 2018.1, employees

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