Every year, Canadian Business compiles a list of the jobs in Canada with the greatest career prospects. It takes into consideration salary, employment growth, and prospects, and aims to assist young people currently in school in thinking about their future career.
- If your business aims to recruit a new generation for these top jobs, you’ll need to think about what you offer to make your organisation as attractive as possible.
- If you’re not offering those kind of positions, then your business needs to promote the unique advantages and benefits of the jobs you do have.
- If you’re not recruiting at all, it’s a great way to assess what to talk to your kids or grandchildren about, or even plan a change of career for yourself!
Top career sectors in Canada
It’s hardly surprising that most of the top jobs are in three main sectors:
- STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Medicine)
Canada’s population is growing, currently standing at an estimated 37.4 million people. At the last census (2016) the population had grown by almost 5% since 2011. That’s more people requiring health care, more homes to build for them, and more infrastructure required.
In addition Canadians are living longer, with almost 17% of the population are aged 65 and over. With the average life expectancy at 65 expected to be extend life for 20+ years, the numbers of seniors will increase. This is good news for our communities, as well as a whole variety of businesses, from local businesses to health care providers.
Top 10 career jobs to consider
So, what are the top ten jobs, and which sectors are they in?
- Nurse Practitioner
- Utilities Manager
- Power Systems Electricians
- Mining & Quarrying Supervisor
- Pipefitting supervisor
- Engineering Manager
- Scientific Research Manager
- Public Administration Director
- Construction Manager
Top sector = engineering
It’s clear that utilities, and the infrastructure to support them, provide immense opportunities for young people interested in engineering. With specialist degrees and diplomas in electrical, gas, mining, civil engineering and more, this is a growth market that will continually require skilled people.
Tools of the trade
Communities rely on trades to ‘keep everything working’ whether in our homes, our cars, our businesses, our manufacturing, our hospitals, etc. Young people can learn a practical trade such as electrician or pipefitter ‘on the job’ as an apprentice, and then continue to work in their field after certification. Equally, they can specialise to become a power systems engineer, for example. This kind of role usually requires a high school diploma and a four-year apprenticeship.
Careers in healthcare
The top job of Nurse Practitioner requires a high level of education, as do most primary health-care provider roles. Most nurse practitioner roles require candidates with a Master’s degree in nursing. Midwives and physician assistants need a university degree in their related discipline. The roles of Head Nurse or Medical Supervisor ranks 17th, and for those who wish to work in healthcare admin, the role of Health & Community Service Manager is ranked 18th. No less than nine Ontario universities offer a primary health care nurse practitioner program (PHCNP) including Western and Toronto.
STEM roles are vital to the future development of almost any product or service. It’s a fast changing sector but an exciting one for those who have the right skillset (and mindset). The Government of Canada is keen to increase participation in STEM, especially for women, and has launched various initiatives to boost interest.
Is your dream job on the list?
We’ve spotted one that might send a few pulses racing and reveal your inner Casey Jones – Locomotive Engineer!
How to make your business vacancy someone’s dream job
A dream job is more than just the role itself. It’s a combination of factors including:
- Working environment
- Pay levels
- Benefits and perks
- Company ethics and ethos
The requirements vary between age group too; what appeals to a Millennial won’t necessarily appeal to an older employee, and vice versa.
What do Millennials want?
US recruitment agency Robert Walters surveyed Millennials to discover more about what their mindset is, and what they expect from a job.
“Millennials have been raised to believe they can achieve anything, and they’re motivated by possibility and professional confidence. At the same time, they recognize the importance of keeping a healthy lifestyle and balancing personal and social priorities with professional ones.”
The survey revealed that Millennials value jobs that:
- Motivate them through rewards for their hard work
- Are meaningful
- Offer freedom and flexibility, and being trusted to do the job
- Include social opportunities both online and offline
- Feature praise and recognition
These issues are all part of a robust employee-centric ethos that any company can implement – discover more in our Employment Engagement article.
Even top jobs have drawbacks
It’s noticeable that many of the top jobs involve travelling, working outside in all weathers, and shift requirements. Others are office and desk based, at the same location every day, with a daily commute. What appeals to one set of applicants will probably put off another! So, your business really sell the unique aspects as positives when advertising your job vacancy. Promote “A friendly, social office in the heart of town” or “A new location every day, new colleagues and new challenges, in stunning landscapes.”
If you think you can’t make a virtue out of a job necessity, take a look at the Staples online catalogue for inspiration! The copywriters here have to sell the most mundane of office supplies such as pens and paper, and differentiate between lots of products that are essentially the same. Here’s how they describe their own ballpoint pen:
“Got a great idea? Write it down with a style all your own using the ballpoint black Postscript pen, designed by Staples. Writing with this 1 mm medium sized tip is easy and fluid across the page. Designed with a soft grip, this 1 medium pen will give you the comfort you deserve.”
The comfort I deserve? Sold! Use the same techniques to highlight the best features of your job, and candidates will be rushing to apply and sign on the line with a Postscript pen!.
Real benefits that employees value
Whatever age they are, a savvy employee will be also be looking at what your business offers in terms of employee benefits. Putting together an attractive package of benefits is crucial for attracting quality applicants – and retaining them too.
This can be difficult for small businesses, which is why as a Chamber member, you can access the Chambers of Commerce Group Insurance Plan. The Chambers Plan (as it’s known) is Canada’s No.1 plan for employee benefits, created especially for companies with up to 100 employees. This non-for-profit program offers a high level of cover for low premiums, and excellent customer support for you and your staff.