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Women’s employment in natural and applied sciences occupations in Canada, 1998 to 2018

Release date: March 8, 2019

March 8 is International Women's Day—a day to recognize women’s achievements and acknowledge the challenges they continue to face in the quest for gender equality. This year’s theme is #InnovateForChange, a call to action to remove the barriers facing women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

In Canada, the proportion of women among the professionals in natural and applied sciences occupations rose from 19.1% in 1998 to 24.6% in 2018, due to employment growing at a faster pace for women than for men in that major occupational group. Natural and applied sciences occupations include those in computer and information systems, engineering, architecture, as well as physical, life and actuarial sciences. For more information on women in science, see “Women in scientific occupations in Canada.”

Chart 1 Women's employment in natural and applied sciences occupations, Canada, 1998 to 2018

Data table for Chart 1

Chart 1 Women's employment in natural and applied sciences occupations, Canada, 1998 to 2018
Table summary
This table displays the results of Chart 1 Women's employment in natural and applied sciences occupations Proportion of women in natural and applied sciences occupations (left axis), Employment index, women (right axis) and Employment index, men (right axis), calculated using percent and 1998 = 100 units of measure (appearing as column headers).
Proportion of women in natural and applied sciences occupations (left axis) Employment index, women (right axis) Employment index, men (right axis)
percent 1998 = 100
1998 19.1 100.00 100.00
1999 20.0 109.79 103.37
2000 21.0 121.78 108.11
2001 21.4 129.70 112.10
2002 21.1 126.51 111.66
2003 22.2 132.12 108.91
2004 21.1 127.61 112.62
2005 21.2 138.61 121.66
2006 21.1 141.58 124.77
2007 21.1 151.05 133.22
2008 21.2 150.28 131.43
2009 21.8 151.38 127.60
2010 22.1 168.98 140.11
2011 22.4 173.71 141.77
2012 21.2 168.43 147.45
2013 22.2 176.68 145.74
2014 23.1 195.16 153.33
2015 23.1 201.54 157.63
2016 22.2 197.36 162.63
2017 24.3 225.63 165.15
2018 24.6 232.01 167.19
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