New report highlights economic contribution of engineering and applied science technicians and technologists
Canada’s engineering and applied sciences technicians and technologists possess highly in-demand skills and make a significant contribution to the Canadian economy, according to a new study from The Conference Board of Canada.
The report, titled Assessing the Economic Contribution of Canada’s Engineering and Applied Sciences Technologists and Technicians
, indicates that employment growth for this occupational group has strongly outpaced overall employment growth for Canada as a whole over the past 15 years and that their wages are more than 20 per cent higher than the national average.
In 2013-14, more than 400,000 Canadians were employed as engineering and applied science technicians and technologists, according to the report, which was commissioned by Technology Professionals Canada, an alliance of four Canadian technology professional associations including OACETT. In quantifying their collective impact, the report revealed that the economic contribution of engineering and applied sciences technicians and technologists was worth $54.7 billion – 3.3 per cent of the Canadian GDP – which is larger, proportionately speaking, than the share of technicians and technologists in the Canadian workforce.
Read the full report here