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.