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This unit group includes workers who operate laser printers, computerized high speed colour copiers and other printing machines to print text, illustrations and designs on a wide variety of materials such as paper, plastic, glass, leather, and metal. They are employed in rapid printing services, commercial printing companies and in manufacturing and other establishments that have in-house printing facilities.
colour copier operator, electronic sign maker operator, laser printer operator, printing and finishing machine operator, printing machine operator, quick print machine operator, screen print operator, silk-screening machine operator, wallpaper printer.
- Review work order to determine job specifications, such as ink colour and quantity required
- Set up and make adjustments to printing machine, such as filling ink or paint reservoirs and loading stock
- Input codes and key in programming data on console keyboard of computerized machines
- Operate and monitor printing machines during print run and make adjustments as required
- Clean machines and replace worn parts.
Outlook & Prospects for Printing Machine Operators in Edmonton 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 (Printing Machine Operators) is part of a larger occupational group called Printing Machine Operators and Related Occupations (NOC 947).
|Occupations in this group||
Printing Machine Operators (9471)
Camera, Platemaking and Other Prepress Occupations (9472)
Binding and Finishing Machine Operators (9473)
Photographic and Film Processors (9474)
|Employment (non-student) in 2010||22,958|
|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 sharp drop in employment and an increase in the unemployment rate. However, the unemployment rate was similar to the average for all occupations in 2010. The average hourly wage remained relatively unchanged. This indicates a slight surplus in labour supply for this occupation. In other words, the number of job seekers exceeded the number of job openings.
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 Printing Machine Operators And Related Occupations, over the 2011-2020 period, job openings (arising from expansion demand and replacement demand) are expected to total 8,732 and 9,515 job seekers (arising from school leavers, immigration and mobility) are expected to be available to fill the job openings.
Based on projections and considering the surplus supply for this occupation, it is expected that there will continue to be a surplus in this occupation. In other words, the number of job seekers will be more than sufficient to fill job openings over the 2011-2020 period. Employment growth in this occupation is expected to be modest, given the low growth prospects in the printing industry. However, the impact of this sector on the occupation will be counterbalanced in part by the retail sales sector, which is expected to rebound in the coming years. In addition, the number of retirements is expected to double in relation to the 2001-2010 period, given that workers in this occupation tend to be older. The retirement rate will be higher than the average for all occupations. With regard to the labour supply, school leavers will be the main source of job seekers (mostly high school and college graduates) while immigrants will account for a smaller (but relatively high in comparison to other occupations) proportion 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||784||9%|
|Projected Job Openings||8,732||100%|
|Projected Job Seekers||9,515||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||%|
|Administrative and support, waste management and remediation services||7.10|
|Professional, scientific and technical services||4.60|
|Information and cultural industries||3.50|
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, 6% 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 (Printing Machine Operators) is part of a larger group called Printing Machine Operators and Related Occupations (NOC 947). According to the Labour Force Survey (2009), the unionization rate for this group was 17%, while the unionization rate for all occupations was 31%.
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