Industry Focus: Professional, Scientific and Technical Services

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Industry Focus: Professional, Scientific and Technical Services

Much of NWPB’s work focuses on the state of the labour force and related indicators throughout Niagara. Given this, NWPB features monthly blog posts highlighting information about industries in Niagara. The focus for this month is professional, scientific and technical services. Employment data for industries 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 7,500 individuals residing in Niagara were employed in professional, scientific and technical services throughout 2018.

Figure 1 shows the number of employed individuals in professional, scientific and technical services. This industry saw a dip in the number of individuals reporting employment in this industry between 2017 and 2018. It should be noted that there was a similar dip between 2015 and 2016, before rebounding in 2017. Figure 2 shows the percentage of all employed Niagara residents working in this industry.

Figure 1. Historical Employment in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, 2014-2018, St. Catharines-Niagara CMA

Figure 1. Historical Employment in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, 2014-2018, St. Catharines-Niagara CMA

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

Figure 2 shows the percentage of Niagara’s employed residents that work in professional, scientific and technical services.

Figure 2. Percentage of all Employment that Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Represent, 2014-2018, St. Catharines-Niagara CMA

Figure 2. Percentage of all Employment That Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Represents, 2014-2018, 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, data from Table 1 provide a count of the number of professional, scientific and technical services jobs in Niagara. Here, the data are based on the Niagara region and include all 12 local municipalities. Table 1 outlines the number of jobs and average annual income per job in professional, scientific and technical services between 2014 and 2018. Overall, the number of jobs between 2014 and 2018 in Niagara increased by 9.8% or 504 jobs.


Table 1. Number of Jobs and Average Wages per Job in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, 2014-2018, Niagara  

Industry 2014 Jobs 2015 Jobs 2016 Jobs 2017 Jobs 2018 Jobs Avg. Annual Income Per Job
Professional, scientific and technical services 5,141 5,317 5,322 5,393 5,645 $55,065

Source: EMSI Analyst, 2019.1, employees

Table 2 dives deeper into professional, scientific and technical services to provide an outline of the most common occupations within the industry.


Table 2. Top Occupations within the Professional, Scientific and Technical Services industry, 2017, Niagara

Occupation Employed in Industry (2018) % of Total Jobs in Industry (2018) Median Hourly Wages
Financial auditors and accountants 306 5.4% $34.07
Legal administrative assistants 265 4.7% $22.11
Computer programmers and interactive media developers 241 4.3% $36.79
Information systems analysts and consultants 190 3.4% $40.06
Animal health technologists and veterinary technicians 189 3.3% $16.45
Accounting technicians and bookkeepers 187 3.3% $22.62
Lawyers and Quebec notaries 157 2.8% $41.63
Paralegal and related occupations 156 2.8% $26.63
Civil engineers 131 2.3% $38.81
Senior managers - financial, communications and other business services 126 2.2% $49.51

Source: EMSI Analyst, 2019.1, employees

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