Careers in Demand for 2014
Just a few months ago, we wrote about the most valuable professional designations in Canada. Going into 2014, the picture has barely changed with careers in demand remaining much the same as last year due to enduring economic and demographic factors. For instance, Canada, like many countries in the Western World, has a large Baby Boomer population that for many years to come will require more and more medical and eldercare services, not to mention increased financial advisory and management. Likewise, our reliance on ever more sophisticated high tech equates to a cornucopia of IT opportunities, and Canada’s continued investment in the energy sector is a significant reason for the persistent need of skilled trades workers and engineers – although various types of engineers are in high demand throughout the country, not just in Western energy enterprises as is commonly believed.
The following are samples of some of the most sought-after roles within Canada’s healthiest sectors.
With healthcare spending expected to hit over $30 billion this year – a record high – it’s no wonder professions in that sector will remain in high demand. Some of the most desired roles for 2014 include:
- Home care aides
- Registered nurses
- Medical technologists
- Dentists and dental assistants
Engineers across the board, including mechanical, chemical, computer, electrical, civil, and software engineers, will continue to be in high demand. Work is particularly prevalent for software engineers who will find the most opportunities in BC, Ontario, and Quebec. In fact, some believe that engineers are primarily in high demand in Western Canada because of the booming energy sector, but there are plenty of opportunities for mechanical, electrical, and computer engineers in Toronto. And for Aerospace engineers, Montreal remains the hub.
Outside of engineering, some of the country’s most in-demand skilled trades workers include heavy machine operators, welders, and electricians.
According to Quebec-based data provider Wanted Analytics, about 40% of the most available IT jobs in Canada are helpdesk related. From technicians to analysts, these positions are all about providing others with the technical support they need to get their work done. Developers are also in high demand, including Java, PHP, UX UI, and mobile app developers. Other highly sought-after roles within IT include project managers, network administrators, database managers, software product managers, and program managers.
According to one of Canada’s leading job board websites, growth in the finance sector rose only 3% from 2012 to 2013, but it would appear that financial advisors specifically will defy that sluggish trend. Like the need for more healthcare workers, the need for more financial advisors is directly linked to the aging Baby Boomer population who, as more of them retire, will need help keeping their finances in order and making up for lost income. In fact, the financial challenges posed by the Boomer population are accumulating across North America, making cross-border financial advisors – those certified to help individuals who have accumulated assets both in Canada and the United States – particularly coveted for optimal tax and estate planning.