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Top 5 in-demand jobs in Canada for 2018

Finding the right job could be a nightmare for some people but for the practical ones finding a job could just be a means to an end. If you are thinking of your possibilities to find a job in Canada, whether you have a degree or not, you should take a look at this list.

5. Trade Workers

It is not a secret that general labour workers are needed all over Canada. The country is experiencing a labour shortage because of workers nearing retirement. You definitely don’t need a degree for getting a job as a mechanic, welder, painter, renovation specialist, machinist, assembler or any of the kind. Nevertheless, you will need to have the trade and be willing to work hard to make your name and get to a good company. For instance, the average annual salary for a machinist on 2017 was $51,000.

Another example is found in the provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan, or Manitoba where miners, oil, and gas drillers are in high-demand with an average salary going from $67,000 to $69,000.

More importantly, there is space for moving up if you make out your trade a career. Currently, there are around 12,000 employees as mining and forestry managers. On this position, you would oversee operations in mines or lumber mills, inspecting field operations, and meeting production quotas. The median salary offered for this position is $100,006. Not bad for making out the best out of your skills!

4. Administrative Assistants and Office Managers

The service sector is the largest one in the Canadian economy. It employs 75% of the population and accounts for 70% of the Canadian GDP. All this work has to be moved by offices full of employees and managers to be accountable. Jobs go from assistants and front-desk clerks to accountants, marketing research, data entry, office managers, and business services managers with a wide salary span of $35,000 to $85,000 a year.

Because it is such a big part of the national economy, competition is strong and it usually requires education in order to obtain an entry-level job. A Canadian education is better perceived than international ones. For this reason, many newcomers decide to complement their background with studies made in Canada. Having both experiences made them stronger and it results in a competitive advantage compared with local professionals.

3. Tourism and Hospitality Workers

I can talk about this one by personal experience. There are many job offers in the tourism and hospitality industry, so many, that the turnover rate is very high and the entry-level options are practically unlimited. What started as a part-time job during my studies became my full-time job as an operations manager in less than a 3 years period. You won’t need a degree to enter the industry but you will definitely need education if you want to move up in the ladder.

The entry level jobs could go from the minimum wage (Currently at $14 per hour in Ontario) to an average salary of $50,256 for a Tourism & Hospitality Professional.

2. Engineers

Engineering is one of the fields with the highest demand all over Canada, having a shortage of labour and with many of them old enough to aim for retirement. Entering to the field is not that easy even though the shortage is noticeable. It requires a license to practice engineering and it can only be obtained by applying to the professional board where your credentials and experience are assessed thoroughly. But, once you get in, your path is clear for starting your career.

All this hard work has its payoff. The average entry-level salary for an engineer is around $60,000 (depending on the region) and with many options to grow within a company or in the field of your preference. The reported average salary for a structural engineer is $64,392, while for a production manager is $69,830.

Ontario and Quebec provinces are the main hubs if you are thinking of the manufacturing or technology fields while Alberta is the most important province in the oil and gas industry.

1. Nurses

The aging population of Canada is the main reason why nurses are so in-demand. It is a protected field where you need to study in Canada or need to be assessed if you have a foreign education. Bridging studies or training programs in Canada are most likely needed if you want to bring your knowledge from overseas. As in engineering, it is hard to start and find your first job and networking is very important.

A registered nurse has an average salary of $66,000 while a Nurse Practitioner, with greater responsibilities, had a median salary of $84,510 in 2017. The government is the largest employer in the health sector and your salary could increase the farther from the American border you are willing to relocate.


These are top 5 professions currently in demand in Canada for those who are seeking for the change in their profession and do not know which way to go. However, do not let the market demand discourage you if your dream job is not in this list! Your determination, persistence, and professionalism would make you successful in any field you might choose.


Hi, I'm Marcos. I have an electrical engineering degree and a post-grad in business management but somehow I ended up being an educational agent for ELLA Education. I also like to write stuff here and there as this is my way of practicing for my future magnum opus due on my late 50's.