Chemical Products Processing and Utilities Labourers

(NOC 9613)

in All Manufacturing and Utilities

Chemical products processing and utilities labourers carry out a variety of material handling, cleaning and routine general labour activities. They work for petroleum and natural gas processing, pipeline and petrochemical, chemical and pharmaceutical companies, and by electrical, water and waste treatment utilities and services.

Job Outlook

Undetermined

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  • Estimate change in employment not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate openings due to growth and retirements not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for this occupation.

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

  • Estimate 75 employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 1460 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for these occupation.

This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Labourers in Chemical Products Processing and Utilities most commonly work full-time hours.

The median employment income for 40% of Labourers in Chemical Products Processing and Utilities who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $41,530. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

Hourly Pay

$12.95

Minimum

$20.47

Median

$33.00

Maximum

Annual Pay

$14,548

Minimum

$34,691

Median

$89,358

Maximum

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

Hourly Pay

$13.00

Minimum

$23.91

Median

$35.04

Maximum

Annual Pay

$6,056

Minimum

$30,111

Median

$70,518

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Chemical products processing and utilities labourers carry out a variety of material handling, cleaning and routine general labour activities. They work for petroleum and natural gas processing, pipeline and petrochemical, chemical and pharmaceutical companies, and by electrical, water and waste treatment utilities and services.

Job duties

Chemical products processing and utilities labourers:

  • Feed and unload production machinery and equipment.
  • Clean chemical processing machines and equipment and production areas.
  • Move, sort and pile materials and products manually and using powered equipment.
  • Help other workers to use, repair and maintain process equipment, gas distribution, water filtration and waste plant equipment.
  • Do general duties like basic construction, painting and other manual tasks.

Sample job titles

  • coating machine feeder
  • filter cleaner
  • helper
  • labourer
  • loader
  • retort unloader
  • still cleaner
  • water intake tender
  • waterworks labourer

Skills

You should have good physical health. You must be able to take direction and carry out instructions given by a supervisor.

Job requirements

  • High school may be required.

Other considerations

Work in these jobs is generally seasonal. Shifts at various hours of the day or on a part-time basis is common. Movement to operator positions is possible with experience and the appropriate qualifications. There is movement among jobs in this group.

By the numbers

Quick look

220

employed in 2016

86.7%

employed full-time

0.0%

self employed

11.1%
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88.9%
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46

median age

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

15,275

employed in 2016

83.2%

employed full-time

3.2%

self employed

27.6%
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72.4%
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44.7

median age

Where will I likely work?

38.6%

Cape Breton

22.7%

Southern

15.9%

North Shore

11.4%

Halifax

11.4%

Annapolis Valley

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

North Shore

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

36.4%

Manufacturing

15.2%

Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction

12.1%

Administrative and support, waste management and remediation services

9.1%

Wholesale trade

9.1%

Construction

What is the age of Employment?

34.0%

55-64

16.0%

15-24

16.0%

25-34

14.0%

45-54

14.0%

35-44

7.0%

65+

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

24.5%

45-54

20.8%

55-64

19.3%

35-44

16.5%

25-34

15.0%

15-24

Top levels of education

46.7%

High school

$32,956 median annual income
24.4%

Less than high school

$36,991 median annual income
17.8%

Trade Certification

$67,118 median annual income
8.9%

College Diploma

N/A

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

38.1%

High school

$28,505 median annual income
23.3%

Less than high school

$19,224 median annual income
19.9%

College Diploma

$38,781 median annual income
12.2%

Trade Certification

$43,975 median annual income
4.5%

Bachelor

$39,715 median annual income

Education & training

Adult High School Diploma or Equivalent

High School Program

The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning (NSSAL) administers, coordinates, and supports the development and delivery of adult education programs through learning partners in Nova Scotia. Our learning partners include the Nova Scotia Community College, Adult High Schools, Université Sainte-Anne, and community-based learning organizations that offer tuition-free programming across the province. NSSAL offers clear, accessible pathways from adult basic education to a high school credential or GED, empowering Nova Scotians to achieve their learning and employment goals.

Institutions providing this program

Universite Sainte-Anne

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Adult Learning

Various, NS

Adult High Schools

Various, NS

Community Learning Organizations

Various, NS

Employment requirements & contacts

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