Labour shortages in Canada are a boon to foreign nationals who want to immigrate to Canada under economic programs – but not all jobs are equally in demand throughout the country.
Here are what are likely to be the Top 15 Jobs in Canada in 2022, according to human resources giant Randstad.
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“Job numbers are rising in Canada. 2021 saw steady gains in employment and that trend is expected to continue well into 2022,” notes the Netherlands-based human resources firm.
“But the landscape of trending jobs in Canada may be different from what job seekers experienced prior to the pandemic. Industries with major growth include the service sector, technology and healthcare, but some of the best jobs in Canada for 2022 are those that can support businesses in multiple industries.”
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This year, the jobs most recommended by Randstad are those that allow job-seekers to work in a wide variety of industries.
Here are those jobs and their National Occupational Classification (NOC) codes.
1. KEY ACCOUNT MANAGER – SALES (NOC 0601)
Key account managers are the people who plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate the activities of establishments and departments involved in commercial, industrial, institutional, e-business and wholesale and retail sales.
Most often, they work with large clients or those that represent strategic partnerships for their employers.
“In a competitive, lean mid- and post-pandemic market, key account managers are critical to supporting ongoing business success,” Randstad notes in its 15 Top Jobs Trending In Canada In 2022 report.
“Their ability to close deals, form lasting relationships and provide high-quality sales and customer service efforts helps businesses keep their most profitable clients, even during unprecedented times.”
Job Bank, Canada’s employment website, pegs the median annual salary of key account managers at $97,500.
2. SOFTWARE DEVELOPER (NOC 2174)
These IT specialists are increasingly in demand as businesses turn to ever more technical solutions.
These are the people who write, modify, integrate and test computer code for software applications, data processing applications, operating systems-level software and communications software.
“This is one of the top jobs in part because businesses of all types and sizes need developers to create app solutions, develop or maintain in-house software or help implement cloud or other technologies,” notes Randstad.
“One of the lessons learned during COVID-19 lockdowns in recent years was that technology could make or break a business. Companies that seamlessly transitioned into remote work environments often fared better. Add to that the growing need to rely on data and automations to remain competitive, and it’s no wonder so many businesses are on the hunt for skilled developers.”
In Canada, software developers earn a median annual wage of $ 74,997, based on a standard, 37.5-hour work week, Job Bank data reveals.
3. MARKETING MANAGER (NOC 0124)
In the next six years, Canada is expected to see more than 19,000 new marketing, public relations and advertising manager jobs.
These are the people who plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate the activities of establishments and departments involved in commercial, industrial and e-business advertising, marketing and public relations.
“Growing demand in this sector is due to a variety of reasons, including enhanced competition and a need to be as intelligent as possible with marketing spend,” notes Randstad. “Marketing managers help businesses navigate the increasingly-complex landscape of online and offline marketing, which can include traditional methods as well as social media, SEO, SEM, PPC and website marketing.”
In Canada, marketing managers earn a median annual wage of $84,376 based on a standard work week, Job Bank figures show.
4. REGISTERED NURSES (NOC 3012)
Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses provide direct nursing care to patients, deliver health education programs and provide consultative services regarding issues relevant to the practice of nursing.
Mandatory vaccinations for healthcare staff led to a few of them leaving their jobs in various regions of Canada while the massive, most recent wave of the pandemic created an even greater demand for medical personnel.
This occupation comes with a median annual wage of $78,000 in Canada based on a 37.5-hour work week.
5. DELIVERY TRUCK DRIVER (NOC 7514)
Getting materials, consumer goods and people where they need to be as the economy surges in growth periods following the various waves of the pandemic has been a major challenge and so drivers are in big demand.
“Whether you have the credentials to operate large commercial vehicles or the detail-oriented nature required for local deliveries, chances are you can find an open position to match,” notes Randstad.
Truck drivers in Canada earn a median annual wage of $33,150 based on a standard work week.
6. CUSTOMER SERVICE REPRESENTATIVE (NOC 6552)
These are the people who answer enquiries and provide information regarding an establishment’s goods, services and policies and who provide customer services such as receiving payments and processing requests for services.
“As service-sector businesses recover and grow after the pandemic, customer service rep jobs are likely to grow too,” states Randstad.
“But what many businesses have found in recent years is that high-quality CSRs are always important. During trying times, consumers need to know they can reach out to someone who is able and willing to assist them.”
Customer service reps make a median annual wage of $37,050 in Canada, based on a 37.5-hour work week, data from Job Bank indicates.
7. WELDER (NOC 7237)
Ottawa is expecting another 23,000 welding jobs to open up across the country in the next six years.
These tradespeople are employed by companies that make structural steel and platework, boilers, heavy machinery, aircraft and ships and other metal products as well as contractors and welding shops.
Welders in Canada make a median annual wage of $49,725 based on a 37.5-hour work week, according to Job Bank data.
“Job prospects may be best in areas with high levels of construction and industry, including British Columbia and Prince Edward Island. But experienced welders are likely to find job opportunities throughout the nation,” notes Randstad.
8. ENGINEER (NOC 2131)
Employers are trying to lure engineers from throughout the world to Canada these days as the labour shortage for these professionals in the country intensifies.
These are the people who plan, design, develop and manage projects for the construction or repair of buildings, earth structures, powerhouses, roads, airports, railways, rapid transit facilities, bridges, tunnels, canals, dams, ports and coastal installations and systems related to highway and transportation services, water distribution and sanitation.
Randstad notes that this is one of those sectors that hold particular promise for foreign nationals contemplating a move to Canada.
Engineers in Canada earn a median annual wage of $80,340 based on a standard work week, according to Job Bank figures.
9. ACCOUNTANT (NOC 1111)
Red tape in Canada is leading many businesses in several sectors to turn to accountants to ensure their finances are managed properly.
“Chartered Professional Accountants (CPAs) and other experienced accounting professionals can expect to find job options across the nation and potential job growth in upcoming years,” notes Randstad.
“The lean markets mean businesses simply can’t afford financial mistakes.”
In Canada, an accountant working a standard work week makes a median annual salary of $69,712.
10. CLOUD ARCHITECT – INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (NOC 2171)
With the work-from-home revolution greatly sped up with the arrival of the pandemic, many employers are looking to the cloud to ensure the storage and transfer of information.
“Remote work opportunities continue to rise, and many Canadian companies have stated they’ll adopt hybrid approaches in the future,” notes Randstad. “Add in a need to support business continuity and the cost-savings and convenience associated with the cloud, and it’s no wonder so many businesses are implementing cloud solutions.
“This is opening the doors for professionals with cloud architecture experience.”
Cloud architects in Canada make a median annual salary of $80,008, based on a 37.5-hour work week, Job Bank data reveals.
11. HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGER (0112)
The job market in Canada is booming as the country rebuilds from the pandemic – and that means businesses have a growing need for human resources managers to take care of the hiring, monitoring and sometimes firing of those employees.
“Growing job numbers mean more employees for businesses,” states Randstad. “That increases the burden on human resource professionals, which can cause companies to hire more people to attend to employee needs.
“Canadian businesses are also looking to hire HR professionals to help ensure compliance with labour laws, increase employee morale, reduce turnover and scale up both staff and skills to support future growth.”
The median annual salary for a human resources manager in Canada, based on a standard work week, is $96,993.
12. ELECTRICIAN (NOC 7241)
During the next six years, Ottawa is expecting Canada to suffer a shortfall of 3,100 electricians, with 23,400 new job openings and only 20,300 Canadians with the requisite skills to fill those jobs.
That’s an opportunity for foreign nationals certified in this trade.
“Many employers are turning to immigrant electricians to fill positions,” states Randstad. “Whether you’re just getting out of trade school or you’re a licensed electrician with years of experience under your tool belt, you’re likely to find positions that match your skills and career goals.”
An electrician in Canada can expect to make a median annual salary of $58,500, based on a standard work week.
13. IT PROJECT MANAGER (NOC 0213)
Managers overseeing information technology projects develop and oversee the implementation of those projects and stickhandle their company or organization’s tech efforts to ensure continuous improvement and to provide frameworks and leadership for development initiatives.
“For individuals with diverse tech experience and a penchant for problem-solving, IT project management may be one of the best jobs to consider,” states Randstad.
“Tech companies often hire IT project managers to serve as support systems for clients implementing their solutions. You’ll also find these types of positions listed in both permanent and contract options by a variety of companies and enterprises of all sizes.”
IT project managers earn a median annual wage of $103,116 based on a 37.5-hour work week in Canada.
14. MECHANICAL ENGINEER (NOC 2132)
These professionals research, design and develop machinery and systems for heating, ventilating and air conditioning, power generation, transportation, processing and manufacturing.
They’re in short supply in Canada.
“As with many other STEM positions, talent for mechanical engineers is in short supply in many areas of Canada,” notes Randstad. “If you’re qualified, have experience or just have the right credentials and education, you can probably find a job as a mechanical engineer.”
The median annual salary for mechanical engineers in Canada is $81,900, based on a standard work week, but those who take jobs in some areas of the country, like Alberta and Newfoundland and Labrador, can earn much more.
15. ACCOUNTING CLERK (NOC 1431)
Accounting clerks calculate, prepare and process bills, invoices, accounts payable and receivable, budgets and other financial records according to established procedures – and they can get jobs pretty much anywhere.
“A growing economy means more money changing hands,” states Randstad. “And in competitive markets, businesses can’t afford to overlook unpaid invoices or make mistakes in paying their own.
“This is … a great position for those interested in learning about business finance or moving up into higher level company accounting positions.”
In Canada, accounting clerks earn a median annual wage of $43,992 for a standard workweek, Job Bank data reveals.