What will the most in-demand jobs in Canada be this year? It seems that most of them will be in the mining, oil and health industries. The good news is that you don’t necessarily need a degree to get one of these jobs but you do need the right skills.
20. Trade Workers
About half of Canada’s manufacturers are experiencing labour shortages as many skilled trade workers are nearing retirement while younger people tend to choose university education over vocational training. That means that there are countless opportunities for welders, assemblers, machinists, industrial painters and mechanics.
19. Office Managers and Administrative Assistants
Administrative Assistant Average Salary: $37,000
Where there are offices, there is a demand for office managers and administrative assistants with a good ability to multitask. The most in-demand of these jobs are focused around accounting practices such as payroll or accounts administration.
18. Hydropower Experts
Canada is a world leader in the hydropower industry and the increasing demand for clean energy means that more jobs will become available in this field. Experts in demand in this sector not only include engineers, hydrologists and technicians but also environmental scientists, ecologists and biologists.
17. Tourism and Hospitality Workers
Entry- to mid-level jobs are plentiful in the tourism and hospitality industry throughout Canada. In fact, one of the jobs that has the highest number of openings is cleaning.
16. Tourism and Hospitality Professionals
The tourism and hospitality industry is constantly looking for qualified managers. These include chefs as well as restaurant and food service managers who can find opportunities across Canada.
As fewer people choose law as a career, opportunities for qualified lawyers will grow. These include jobs for criminal defence and corporate lawyers.
14. Financial Analysts
Financial analysts should see a resurgence of opportunities too, especially in Toronto, home of the TSX. However, cities like Vancouver, Ottawa and Montreal with strong business sectors will be good places to look for finance jobs too.
If, as predicted, the oil and gas industry recovers in 2017 the financial sector will see renewed growth too. Accountants top the list of in-demand professionals in the field.
Drivers are needed to get goods across Canada. In addition, transit drivers are in demand to keep the public transport system running smoothly.
11. Logistics Workers and Managers
Due to Canada’s sheer size and the rise of e-commerce, people who can organize the storage, transportation and delivery of goods across the country are in high demand.
They include warehouse workers, forklift operators, order clerks, materials handlers and logistics and warehouse managers. Most opportunities are concentrated in Central and Western Canada.
It is estimated that about a fifth of Canada’s engineers are 55 or older. With so many people nearing retirement in a field that already experiences labour shortages, young engineers, from construction to mining, will find plenty of opportunities not only to land a good job but also to quickly advance through the ranks.
9. Education Jobs
The education sector still offers many opportunities. These include jobs for skilled teachers, counsellors and education services managers.
8. Marketing Analysts
With market trends changing all the time, businesses need to stay up to date and ahead of the pack. Marketing analysts who can make sense of market-related data and come up with good business strategies continue to be in demand, especially in business centres like Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal.
7. Information Security Analysts
There are thousands of tech jobs available in Canada but they fill up quite quickly because there is so much talent out there. One of the most in-demand tech jobs is that of information security analyst because businesses want to protect their data and find creative solutions to prevent security breaches.
6. HR Recruiters
HR as an industry is still going strong as younger people enter the workforce. Recruiters are in demand because several industries experience labour shortages and need someone who can help them find talented workers.
5. Mental Health and Social Services Professionals
Mental health and social services professionals are needed to look after the mental and social well-being of all who live in Canada. These fields are growing as societal pressures increase. Most jobs are found in the public sector.
4. Registered Nurses
Registered nurses are among those most in demand in the health care field. As with most health care jobs, the public sector is the largest employer of registered nurses.
3. Physicians and Dentists
Dentist Average Salary: $104,000
Health care is still a hot industry and as Canada’s population ages, opportunities for doctors and dentists are increasing. Most of these jobs are found in the public sector.
2. Miners, Oil and Gas Drillers
There is still a big demand for skilled miners, oil and gas drillers and similar occupations. While these jobs are found in most provinces, they’re mainly concentrated in Alberta as well as Saskatchewan, Manitoba and British Columbia.
1. Primary Production Managers
According to the Canadian Occupational Projection System (COPS), production management jobs have the highest projected growth rate for 2011-2020, at 3.02%. With about 70% of Canada’s manufacturing output coming from Ontario and Quebec, these are the two best provinces in which to start your job search.
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