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Testers and graders in this unit group test or grade ingredients and finished food, beverage or tobacco products to ensure conformance to company standards. They are employed in fruit and vegetable processing plants, dairies, flour mills, bakeries, sugar refineries, fish plants, meat plants, breweries and other food, beverage and tobacco processing plants.
beef grader, beer tester, cheese grader, fish grader, milk grader, poultry grader, product tester – food and beverage processing, tobacco grader.
- Take samples of products at various stages of processing
- Examine ingredients or finished products by sight, touch, taste and smell or weigh materials to ensure conformance to company standards
- Conduct routine tests for product specifications such as colour, alcohol content, carbonation, moisture content, temperature, fat content and packaging
- Grade or sort raw materials or finished products
- Ensure hygiene and sanitation practices conform to policies and regulations
- Advise supervisors of ingredient or product deficiencies.
Outlook & Prospects for Testers and Graders, Food and Beverage Processing in Lanaudière Region
The future forecast and current conditions for an occupation can vary based on location or due to changes in the economy, technology, or demand for a product or service.
National Outlook – 10-Year Projection (2011-2020)
This section provides labour demand and labour supply projections for this occupation over the 2011-2020 period.
Note: The tables, graphs and middle paragraph shown under this section display updated 2011-2020 projection results. The remaining narrative text (2009-2018 projections) will be updated shortly. We apologize for the inconvenience.
The data in the following table are derived from HRSDC’s Canadian Occupational Projection System (COPS). COPS uses a variety of models to produce a detailed 10-year labour market projection per broad skill level and per occupation at the national level, which focuses on the trends of labour supply and labour demand over the next ten years.
This occupation (Testers and Graders, Food and Beverage Processing) is part of a larger occupational group called Machine Operators and Related Workers in Food, Beverage and Tobacco Processing (NOC 946).
|Occupations in this group||
Process Control and Machine Operators, Food and Beverage Processing (9461)
Industrial Butchers and Meat Cutters, Poultry Preparers and Related Workers (9462)
Fish Plant Workers (9463)
Tobacco Processing Machine Operators (9464)
Testers and Graders, Food and Beverage Processing (9465)
|Employment (non-student) in 2010||68,099|
|Median Age of workers in 2010||41|
|Average Retirement Age in 2010||63|
Occupation Projection for Canada
Over the 2008-2010 period, this occupation experienced a significant drop in employment while its unemployment rate, one of the highest among the 140 occupations, increased more quickly than the average. The average hourly wage rose at the same rate as for all occupations. According to key labour market indicators, the number of job seekers was more than sufficient to fill the job openings in this occupation.
Over the 2011-2020 period, an occupation will be in excess demand (a shortage of workers) if the projected number of job openings is significantly greater than the projected number of job seekers. An occupation will be in excess supply (a surplus of workers) if the projected number of job openings is smaller than the projected number of job seekers. For Machine Operators And Related Workers In Food, Beverage And Tobacco Processing, over the 2011-2020 period, job openings (arising from expansion demand and replacement demand) are expected to total 30,470 and 31,477 job seekers (arising from school leavers, immigration and mobility) are expected to be available to fill the job openings.
Based on projections and considering that labour supply in this occupation exceeded demand, it is expected that labour supply will be larger than labour demand. In other words, the number of job seekers will be greater than the number of job openings over the 2011-2020 period. The majority of job openings will arise from retirements, despite a retirement rate similar to the average for all occupations. Expansion demand will be slightly higher than it was over the 2001-2010 period. The stability of employment over the coming years is an indication that the wave of restructuring, which started in the second half of the 2000 decade to increase productivity in order to deal with foreign competition, is practically over. In the longer term, this occupation will face a slowdown of population growth, which will halt the increase in demand for food and beverage products. The strong increase in demand in certain emerging countries such as China, Brazil and India may counteract the decrease in domestic demand. With regard to labour supply, the majority of job seekers will come from the school system. Immigration will also be a major source of job seekers.
This Chart contains data for Projection of Job Openings vs. Job Seekers for Canada. Information is available in the following tables.
|Other Replacement Demand||1,768||6%|
|Projected Job Openings||30,470||100%|
|Projected Job Seekers||31,477||100%|
In which industry or sector do people in this occupation find jobs in Canada?
This table shows the industry and sectors employing the highest number of people in this occupation.
|Industry / Sector||%|
|Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting||11.70|
What percentage of people in this occupation are self-employed?
The graph displays the percentage of people in this occupation who are “self-employed”, according to the 2006 Census, in comparison to the Canadian average across all occupations.
As shown in the graph, according to the 2006 Census, 2% of people in this occupation were self-employed, while the average for all occupations was 12%.
The data from the Labour Force Survey (2009) regarding self-employment for this group are not sufficiently reliable to be published.
What percentage of people in this occupation are members of a union?
This occupation (Testers and Graders, Food and Beverage Processing) is part of a larger group called Machine Operators and Related Workers in Food, Beverage and Tobacco Processing (NOC 946). According to the Labour Force Survey (2009), the unionization rate for this group was 50%, while the unionization rate for all occupations was 31%.
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