Canadian Careers With the Highest Demand

While affected by the global economic downturn, Canada remains job-friendly.

While affected by the global economic downturn, Canada remains job-friendly.

So what do you want to be when you grow up? It's a huge question. Combining interests with earning a living can be tricky at best, and you must consider your marketability in the future. Being in demand is a great plus to a good career, so considering current and future job markets is just smart thinking.

Financial Managers

Featuring an unemployment rate half the national average, there is demand for money managers in both private and government sectors. If you're on track with a business degree, accounting background or other qualification such as a Chartered Financial Analyst, your transferable skills are a hot commodity in capital markets. Canadian finance is integrated at a global level, so if you have a second language to combine with money smarts, you have great base for a career that spans the globe from a Canadian base.

Software Development

This is a job sector for the tech-inclined, and due to its emergence and the rapid changes with technology, it is also the hardest to pin down in terms of career path. On the upside, demand is huge for applications writers and those with skills who enjoy following technology trends and learning new platforms. You're also relatively free from competition from older workers. Be ready for a fast ride in a creative field. Canada holds its own worldwide in the tech sector.

Health Care

Canadian boomers are closing in on retirement and with aging comes failing health. This makes for explosive job growth for nurses and caregivers. Other health service support providers such as pharmacists are also in demand. Management and administration roles in healthcare fields will follow demand. Dental assistants, medical technologists and physiotherapists can all expect current and continuing demand over the next 15 to 20 years and beyond as the baby boomer becomes a senior.

Trades

There is still a stigma attached to many trade jobs, and often these are not first-choice jobs for women, but trade jobs such as construction, plumbing and electrical do pay well in Canada. Studies show the country is facing a desperate shortage of skilled tradespeople as boomers with these skills retire. Already the demand for trades is growing and pay is above national average. Combine trades skills with an entrepreneurial edge and you have a great opportunity for your own small business.

 

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