The job outlook for Alberta is looking grim, according to Global News. In fact, it is expected to be one of the weakest years for job growth in the past 25 years.
Competition for skilled jobs is expected to be fierce in the coming year. With the cost of oil rising, the big players – and big employers – in the energy market are being more conservative instead of spending money on growth.
Experts say the the government should continue to support projects that create and maintain jobs for Albertans despite the economic downturn, however, it’s too early to say what the strategy will be to keep the employment rate high in 2015.
Video: Alberta Job Outlook
Let’s take a look at projections for Employment Growth in Canada over the next several years. What industries will be most in demand, and what professionals will be most sought after?
The industries projected to post the strongest growth in employment are mainly those related to professional and scientific services; health care; mineral resources (including mining and support activities for mining, oil and gas extraction); construction; and non-automotive transportation equipment (aerospace, railroad, shipbuilding).
Specific fields with the highest projected growth, as shown in the graphic below, include:
- Computer System Design Services
- Health Care and Social Assistance
- Support Activities for Mining, Oil & Gas Extraction
- Other Professional Services (Scientific/Technical)
- Professional Business Services
The largest amount of new jobs created will be in occupations that require a university or college education, or apprenticeship training. 7 out of 10 new jobs created are expected to be in high-skilled occupations or in management. This is largely due to the expected retirement of many in the baby boomer generation who have risen to the management level.
The 10 occupations with the strongest projected growth are:
- Specialist Physicians
- General Practitioners & Family Physicians
- Database Analysts and Data Administrators
- Professional Occupations – Business Services to Management
- Head Nurses & Supervisors
- Electricians (except Industrial & Power System)
- Other Technical Occupations in Therapy & Assessment
- Information Systems & Data Processing Managers
- Underground Production & Development Miners
It is interesting to note that half of these occupations are in the Health industry. This is related to the ageing population and a growing need for healthcare services.
It’s coming: the retirement ‘tsunami’ is approaching one of Canada’s booming sectors, the oil fields. Unemployment rates are already among the lowest in the country, and the Albertan oil & gas companies have been attracting both foreign and Canadian workers for years. Now the demand will increase, not just in the skilled trades, but across the many professions that are connected to the oil fields.
The oil sector’s challenge of finding skilled labour is well known, but a wave of ambitious new projects across the resources spectrum is leading to a tighter and more urgent squeeze.
Read the full article here.
Across Canada, the demand for workers has grown over the past year, and is expected to continue to climb in 2014. This is especially true in Western Canada, with those provinces posting over 40% of the country’s job openings at the end of the past year. Employers trying to fill these positions are looking across the entire country for suitable workers.
The biggest growth was seen in the hospitality and skilled trades industries. Hospitality job postings grew by 46% year over year, while the trades were up 40%.
One out of every five job postings in Canada targets the skilled trades.
21,600 jobs were added in Canada in November alone this year, with Alberta leading the provinces with the most jobs openings. For those looking for work, the job market is looking very strong in the coming years, especially in Alberta and Saskatchewan. Alberta has an unemployment rate of less than 5%, and under 4% for the oilfield area of Fort McMurray. There’s an extremely high demand for well-paying positions such as oil & gas supervisor, petroleum engineers and chemical workers.
The Canadian Business Top 10 Jobs by Demand predicts that the following jobs will continue to grow in the coming years, as the baby boomer generation retires, and the West continues to thrive. By 2020, these jobs are all projected to have more openings than there are people looking for work.
- Mining, oil & gas supervisor
- College Instructor
- Railway & transporation supervisor
- Power systems operator
- Health-care managers
- Education administrator
- Head nurse
- Railway conductor & brakemen/women
- Dental Hygienist
Source: Canadian Business Canada’s Best Jobs 2013
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Jobs most in demand in Canada in 2013
According to the Canadian HR Reporter.
1. skilled trades workers
3. management/executive management
4. sales reps
7. accounting and finance staff
8. IT staff
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