Technical Occupations in Physical Sciences

In this group of occupations, technical workers provide services, such as testing, sampling and research, to the mining, oil and gas exploration industry.


  • High school diploma.
  • College or technical school diploma.
  • Meteorological technicians must successfully complete a program provided by the Atmospheric Environment Service, which may take up to one year.
  • Technologists and technicians may also need certification from a professional organization. Certification may follow a one to two-year period of supervised work and is available from the Canadian Society for Chemical Technology.

Future Prospects:

These occupations are affected by resource developments and are expected to peak in 2017. Employment prospects for these occupations over the long term are good.

Job Prospects

Current Workforce:

Approximately 22.6% of workers in this occupational group are women. About 59.1% of employees working in these occupations live in Yellowknife, 14.0% live in the regional centres of Inuvik, Hay River and Fort Smith and 26.9% live in other communities. About 50.5% are employed in the Public Administration industry and 26.9% in the Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction sector.