Best job in canada

he Canadian job market may seem stuck in neutral—the national unemployment rate has hovered around 7% for over a year—but even in the current environment, there are great work opportunities in every part of the country. Job seekers just have to know where to look. Our 2014 listing of Canada’s Best Jobs uses market data to rank the best-paying, fastest-growing positions with the brightest outlook for the foreseeable future (see our methodology here).

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Not surprisingly, jobs that service the energy sector and other primary industries in the West—Canada’s hottest job market—rank near the top of our list. But as growth there slows, demand for many of the best jobs has started to level off. As a result, a new job has risen to the top this year: lawyer. That result might seem surprising given the recent headlines declaring the demise of Canadian law firms (not to mention the hordes of law grads struggling to find articling positions), but lawyers are big earners, and over the past five years their numbers have swollen by 10,000. While much of this increase occurred in 2007 and 2008 (growth has levelled off since then), projected demand to 2020 makes the profession look promising.

As this list shows, there is opportunity out there, if you know where to look and have the right preparation. As Loverboy belted out in their 1981 hit, “Everybody’s working for the weekend”—but if you land one of Canada’s best jobs, you just might start looking forward to Monday as well.

Rank Job Title Median Salary 5-Year Wage Growth 5-Year Job Growth Demand Outlook* Job Listings by Indeed™
1 Lawyer $79,997 14% 29% Lawyer job listings
2 Public Administration Director $97,074 21% 21% Public Administration Director job listings
3 Oil & Gas Drilling Supervisor $72,800 15% 22% Oil & Gas Drilling Supervisor job listings
4 Primary Production Manager $110,240 28% 32% Primary Production Manager job listings
5 Health Care Manager $87,360 14% 15% Health Care Manager job listings
6 Human Resources Manager $81,994 18% 1% Human Resources Manager job listings
7 Head Nurse & Medical Supervisor $76,960 18% 11% Head Nurse & Medical Supervisor job listings
8 Social, Community & Correctional Services Manager $67,600 27% 34% Social, Community & Correctional Services Manager job listings
9 Financial Administrator $82,992 16% 8% Financial Administrator job listings
10 Electrical & Telecommunications Contractor $72,800 13% 28% Electrical & Telecommunications Contractor job listings
11 Specialized Engineer (eg. Agricultural or Naval Engineer) $79,997 28% 7% Specialized Engineer (eg. Agricultural or Naval Engineer) job listings
12 Audiologists & Speech-Language Pathologist $79,040 14% 35% Audiologists & Speech-Language Pathologist job listings
13 Probation & Parole Officer $72,946 12% 26% Probation & Parole Officer job listings
14 Government Program Officer $77,875 20% 71% Government Program Officer job listings
15 Post-Secondary School Administrator $81,224 6% 25% Post-Secondary School Administrator job listings
16 Registered Nurse $72,800 15% 13% Registered Nurse job listings
17 School Principal & Administator $91,437 14% 8% School Principal & Administator job listings
18 Psychologist $77,875 18% 30% Psychologist job listings
19 Longshore Workers $70,720 30% 13% Longshore Workers job listings
20 Scientific Research Manager $79,997 -2% 20% Scientific Research Manager job listings
21 Senior Business Manager $95,992 20% -19% Senior Business Manager job listings
22 Education Policy Resarchers/Consultants $72,509 18% 14% Education Policy Resarchers/Consultants job listings
23 Real Estate & Financial Manager $82,285 -1% -8% Real Estate & Financial Manager job listings
24 Engineering Inspector $79,040 28% -20% Engineering Inspector job listings
25 Civil Engineer $79,331 19% 20% Civil Engineer job listings
26 Software Engineer $82,992 11% 37% Software Engineer job listings
27 Computer Systems Manager $94,994 12% 27% Computer Systems Manager job listings
28 Heavy Construction Equipment Supervisor $62,400 15% 50% Heavy Construction Equipment Supervisor job listings
29 Banking & Credit Manager $79,997 27% -11% Banking & Credit Manager job listings
30 Business Administrative Officer $74,194 24% 22% Business Administrative Officer job listings
31 Occupational Therapist $73,112 17% 20% Occupational Therapist job listings
32 Nondestructive Tester (Quality Control Officer) $62,400 18% 20% Nondestructive Tester (Quality Control Officer) job listings
33 Utilities Manager $99,466 17% -11% Utilities Manager job listings
34 Engineering Manager $88,005 3% 2% Engineering Manager job listings
35 Account Executive & Consultant $67,205 10% 31% Account Executive & Consultant job listings
36 Secondary School Teacher $76,003 21% 7% Secondary School Teacher job listings
37 Pilot $69,846 13% 1% Pilot job listings
38 Sales & Marketing Manager $79,997 17% -17% Sales & Marketing Manager job listings
39 College Instructor $69,118 11% 14% College Instructor job listings
40 Pharmacist $95,680 10% 34% Pharmacist job listings
41 Health & Occupation Inspector $68,640 13% 40% Health & Occupation Inspector job listings
42 Petroleum Engineer $100,006 18% 19% Petroleum Engineer job listings
43 Economic Development Officer $63,482 6% 23% Economic Development Officer job listings
44 Geologist, Geochemist & Geophysicist $88,525 19% -3% Geologist, Geochemist & Geophysicist job listings
45 Senior Government Manager $104,000 25% -20% Senior Government Manager job listings
46 Business Services Manager $76,565 28% -17% Business Services Manager job listings
47 Power Systems Operator $76,960 9% -12% Power Systems Operator job listings
48 Dental Hygienist $70,637 0% 8% Dental Hygienist job listings
49 Oil & Gas Well Operator $70,720 30% 15% Oil & Gas Well Operator job listings
50 School & Guidance Counsellor $69,326 11% 24% School & Guidance Counsellor job listings
51 Medical Radiation Technologist $66,560 13% 13% Medical Radiation Technologist job listings
52 Chemical Engineer $78,936 12% 30% Chemical Engineer job listings
53 Correctional Services Officers $61,859 18% 29% Correctional Services Officers job listings
54 Human Resources Specialist $67,205 13% 16% Human Resources Specialist job listings
55 University Professor $83,616 15% 16% University Professor job listings
56 Urban Planner $72,010 4% 32% Urban Planner job listings
57 Mining Supervisor $66,664 11% -16% Mining Supervisor job listings
58 Fire-Fighter $68,578 11% 16% Fire-Fighter job listings
59 Computer Engineer $79,997 14% 10% Computer Engineer job listings
60 Avionics Mechanics/Inspectors $69,680 25% 19% Avionics Mechanics/Inspectors job listings
61 Petroleum, Gas & Chemical Process Operator $70,054 15% -20% Petroleum, Gas & Chemical Process Operator job listings
62 Auto Worker $62,400 0% 9% Auto Worker job listings
63 Mechanical Engineer $75,005 19% 9% Mechanical Engineer job listings
64 Aerospace Engineer $75,005 0% 36% Aerospace Engineer job listings
65 Construction Manager $72,800 9% 19% Construction Manager job listings
66 Statistician & Actuaries $79,997 27% 18% Statistician & Actuaries job listings
67 Oil & Gas Services $60,008 15% 0% Oil & Gas Services job listings
68 Locomotive Engineer $62,400 20% -15% Locomotive Engineer job listings
69 Elementary School & Kindergarten Teacher $69,992 15% 6% Elementary School & Kindergarten Teacher job listings
70 Financial Analyst $68,578 10% 2% Financial Analyst job listings
71 Architect $67,995 17% 43% Architect job listings
72 Dietitian & Nutritionist $68,640 14% 68% Dietitian & Nutritionist job listings
73 Telecommunication Manager $85,342 14% -16% Telecommunication Manager job listings
74 Health Policy Researcher $67,600 4% 71% Health Policy Researcher job listings
75 Police Officer $74,880 13% 0% Police Officer job listings
76 Ambulance Attendant $62,400 29% 16% Ambulance Attendant job listings
77 Personal Financial Planner $61,110 12% 28% Personal Financial Planner job listings
78 Construction Trades/Contractors Supervisor $60,008 14% 27% Construction Trades/Contractors Supervisor job listings
79 Industrial Technician $72,800 21% -8% Industrial Technician job listings
80 Electronics engineer $76,794 7% -8% Electronics engineer job listings
81 Manufacturing Manager $75,005 12% -10% Manufacturing Manager job listings
82 Mapping Technologist $62,400 25% 11% Mapping Technologist job listings
83 Natural & Applied Science Researcher $75,941 19% 28% Natural & Applied Science Researcher job listings
84 Transportation Manager $72,800 9% 15% Transportation Manager job listings
85 Pipefitting Contractor & Supervisor $69,326 8% 43% Pipefitting Contractor & Supervisor job listings
86 Mechanical Engineering Technician $60,008 15% 43% Mechanical Engineering Technician job listings
87 Medical Lab Technician $63,274 12% 8% Medical Lab Technician job listings
88 Media Manager $69,992 27% -2% Media Manager job listings
89 Economic Analyst (Government) $98,010 10% -15% Economic Analyst (Government) job listings
90 Biologist $67,496 8% 32% Biologist job listings
91 Financial Auditor & Accountant $60,320 12% 13% Financial Auditor & Accountant job listings
92 Social Worker $62,982 9% 12% Social Worker job listings
93 Power Line & Cable Worker $66,560 7% -3% Power Line & Cable Worker job listings
94 Information Systems Analyst $72,800 10% 17% Information Systems Analyst job listings
95 Land Surveyor $62,795 26% -6% Land Surveyor job listings
96 Purchasing Manager $75,317 8% -11% Purchasing Manager job listings
97 Physiotherapist $72,800 9% 4% Physiotherapist job listings
98 Industrial Electrician $62,400 9% 5% Industrial Electrician job listings
99 Economist & Policy Researcher $78,728 7% 5% Economist & Policy Researcher job listings
100 Industrial & Manufacturing Engineer $69,992 8% -6% Industrial & Manufacturing Engineer job listings

 

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