Student Spotlight: Non-Government Employment in New Brunswick

Author: NB-IRDT Staff

 Posted on 25 Mar 2021


From May to August 2020, NB-IRDT hosted the very first Pathways to Professions: an experiential learning program that provided six UNB students with hands-on workplace experience and training in research methods and job readiness. Each month, our Student Spotlight series will highlight some of the students’ research findings on the population demographics and economic progress of New Brunswick.



Non-government employment has a direct impact on New Brunswick’s GDP through the manufacturing and service industries, as well as export and trade – making it extremely important to the province. While an increase in non-government employment would likely grow the economy, the numbers have been slowly decreasing since the 2008 economic recession. Is that likely to change in the coming years?


This summer, Pathways to Professions student Aya Benotmane examined non-government employment in NB. As part of the BoostNB initiative to measure the province’s progress toward economic goals, she looked at whether the number of non-government employees in NB is likely to reach 300,000 by 2028, based on past and present trends.

Read Aya’s full report to view the status of this economic goal and visit boostnb.com for access to more student-led reports on the NB economy.


Read the full report

Meet the Researcher

Aya Benotmane graduated from UNB this summer with a degree in chemical engineering. She started her graduate studies at the University of Toronto in the fall, focusing on sustainable energy and environmental studies. She credits Pathways to Professions with developing her ability to analyze and effectively communicate data through graphs, presentations, written documents, and infographics. The weekly workshops also provided Aya with encouragement and inspiration on how to achieve her educational and career goals.

Interested in becoming involved with Pathways to Professions? Email nb-irdttraining@unb.ca to learn how.