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