Canada is a very accommodating country with its arms open wide to welcome legal immigrants either for educational or occupational purposes. With growing retirement rates expected among the baby boomer generation (i.e. people born between the years of about 1946 and 1965), there is an anticipated labor shortage which the government is ready to mitigate.
It is predicted that by 2024, one in five Canadians will likely be 65 or older. This goes to show that the baby boomer generation makes up a large chunk of Canada’s population. This is good news as it paves way for younger Canadians and immigrants to access many job opportunities, since they still have most of their career lives ahead of them.
So today, we bring you top 10 job opportunities in Canada for immigrants. If you are planning to or already immigrated to Canada, this post will help you look in the way of the most available opportunities.
Note that nothing is guaranteed. It still have to put in the work and follow the right procedure to secure a job in Canada.
Canada’s booming Job Industries
Health care, Social Work/Assistance and Technology added about 30,000 jobs in September, making it the biggest industry gainers in Canadian job market. The reason is not far-fetched; health and quality life is of priority in the country. Also in the race towards 4th Industrial revolution Canada does not plan to lag behind.
Eligibility to work in Canada
Skilled workers are chosen majorly based on the following:
- Prove of adequate funds to support yourself and your dependants after you arrive in Canada
- Have a post-secondary certificate, diploma or degree
- Have skilled work experience at least 1 year of full-time and
- Meet minimum language requirements of English and/or French language
These basics usually help Immigrants settle fast and get along well in Canada. With that said, let’s look at the top 10 high demand skilled professionals in Canada.
The services of Nurses are in high demand as Canada places a premium on health care delivery. Also going with the fact that its population is aging, more Nursing professionals and assistants are needed to care for the senior citizens while not neglecting the younger population. The best part is that they are needed throughout the country; their service isn’t restricted by location.
To qualify as a practicing nurse in Canada, you will need a degree or diploma as a registered nursing. You will also need to take some professional courses and management studies. As soon you begin working, you will need to register with a regulatory body in the province. The median hourly wage is 36 Canadian dollars
Dentists are highly sought after in Canada. To qualify as a practicing Dentist, you will need a university degree from a recognized dental program. You will need to be licensed by a provincial or territorial regulatory body. Transitioning into specialized dental practice requires additional training.
The median salary for a dentist is about 77,000 Canadian dollar
As I’ve already mentioned, medical professionals are needed in Canada to help keep the growing population happy and healthy. More pharmacists will lend a hand to help make more healthcare workers available across the provinces. In Canada, only Pharmacists are allowed to prescribe certain medications and renew prescriptions. Median hourly wage is at 47 Canadian dollar
Audiologists and speech language therapists assist people with hearing loss or communication disorders on the path of recovery and expressing themselves. These skilled professionals can work in hospitals, rehabilitation centre or engage in private practice. Some of the job descriptions include conducting diagnosis, rehabilitation programs for patients and engaging in speech disorders or hearing loss related research.
To qualify as an Audiologist you will need a master’s degree in audiology or speech-language pathology. You will also be expected to register with the Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists and with other regulatory bodies, depending on which province you work in. The median hourly salary for audiologists is at C$45.
5. Software Engineers, Programmers, Designers
The 4th Industrial Revolution is a massive job opportunity window for those interested in technical careers. Canada’s growth in the web, telecommunications and mobile technology sectors has increased the demand for more software engineers, programmers and designers.
Median hourly wage is at C$44
To qualify for these tech jobs, a bachelor’s degree in computer science or a related field is usually required. Although these professions are often self-taught, experience, skill and creativity is the distinguishing factor here. Advanced or post-graduate education is also an added advantage.
Specialized Engineering careers have been found to consistently rank high on the list of “Eligible Federal Skilled Worker Occupations”. Some of the high demand engineering professions include Chemical Engineer, Civil Engineer, Mining and Geological Engineer, Petroleum Engineer and Surveyors.
To qualify as an Engineer who can practice in Canada, you need at least a bachelor’s degree in related discipline. Depending on the position, a master’s degree or PhD may be required. Three to four years of engaging in supervised work and passing a practical exam are additional advantage. Media hourly rates is at C$40
7. Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics
Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics are positions that are in high demand throughout Canada. There aren’t enough skilled and qualified technicians to make up for the increasing number of retirees and those choosing different career paths. Skilled Industrial mechanics are also particularly needed especially those working in the manufacturing sector.
The required certification to work as a Professional Technologist in Canada varies from province to province. Generally, Apprenticeship or vocational training is what is required or you may also need trade certification. Hourly pay range between C$19 and C$50.
8. Data Scientists, Statisticians
On a daily basis, our internet and device usage is culminating in exponentially growing amounts of data. The demand for people who can interpret it and make sense of it is also growing. Data Scientists, Statisticians and Actuaries are trained to use mathematical techniques to build models that solve problems and predict consumer or user behaviour and outcomes. To fit into this role you will probably need a graduate degree in math or statistics and knowledge of other data science tools. The median salary for statisticians is at C$45.
9. Pilots and Flying Instructors
Pilots are not only limited to commercial and military flights. They may also be involved in air transport, crop spraying, aerial surveying and so oon. Flight engineers are the ones who conduct pre-flight inspections, systems and equipment maintenance. Flying instructors on the other hand train new pilots or prepare them for license examinations.
Pilots and flight instructors are required to complete secondary school and be certified by a reputable flying or aviation school. It should be noted that different aircraft require different license for pilots. Flight engineers will also need the Flight Engineer License from Canada authorities. The median hourly salary for pilots, flying instructors and flight engineers is about $45 to 60.
10. Business Development Executives
The method of doing business is gradually changing with the wave of digital transformation sweeping across board. Organizations and businesses are in search for marketing, public relations manager and business development executives who are savvy in this area. In this role you’ll be a face or representative of a brand or organization’s public image. Job responsibilities include planning and execution of advertising campaigns (online and offline), conducting and analyzing market research, client sourcing and maintaining relationships with clients and the media etc.
A university degree or college diploma in communications, public relations, marketing or journalism is a requirement. As an added advantage, you’ll also need a couple of years experience in sales, marketing, public relations, business administration, commerce or economics under your sleeves. The median annual salary for marketing and public relations managers is at $83,000.
The list is inexhaustible as Canada is desperately in need of skilled immigrants to fill various high in demand roles. Other top jobs for immigrants in Canada include Veterinarians, Medical Laboratory Assistants, Technicians, Occupational Therapists, Truck drivers etc.
But first, if you want to work in Canada, you need to qualify for a relevant visa or immigration program. Be sure to watch our video on How to Move and Work in Canada. What do you find particularly interesting about Canada? Let us know in the comment section. If you enjoyed this video, thumb up and share it with someone. If you are yet to subscribe to After School Africa channel, this is likely a good time to subscribe. Until next time, YOU SUCCESS MATTERS!