There’s no better time to look for a job in a Canada than now! As of April 2018, unemployment rate was 5.8% – the lowest it’s been in 40 years.
If you’re looking for a career change, then consider becoming an accountant, a receptionist, or a project manager. These, along with the occupations listed below, were ranked among Canada’s most in-demand jobs in 2018 (according the Human Resources consulting firm Randstad).
1. Sales Representative
“Businesses count on talented salespeople to move products off shelves and into customers’ hands. B2B salespeople are also in high demand An ability to sell products and services to businesses is a key skill that will increase your attractiveness to employers in this sector.”
Salary ranges from $52,000 to $64,000 (junior level).
Accountants help businesses and individuals manage their finances. A CPA designation is the gold standard, which according to Randstad, will guarantee you steady employment in 2018.
Salary ranges from $63,000 to $75,000.
3. Engineer Project Manager
“Engineering projects managers ensure that construction projects are completed without a hitch. From overseeing the construction of a high-rise condo in Toronto, to building a bridge in Halifax, to digging a reservoir in Calgary, engineering project managers are on the job. With the federal government’s push to fund infrastructure and a booming housing market, engineering project managers will continue to be in demand in 2018.”
Salary ranges between $74,000 and $92,000.
4. Business Analyst
“Business analysts play a vital role in helping businesses operate efficiently. Depending on the scope of their role, business analysts may be involved in strategic planning, analysis, and optimization of internal business systems, processes and software. Business analysts require both tech skills and financial knowhow, so you’ll find jobs that lean a little more on one or the other.”
Salary ranges between $73,000 and $87,000.
5. Customer Service Representative
“Customer service reps are the final point of contact before a customer makes a purchase, making their interactions a vital part of the sales funnel for any business. In 2018, customer service reps with knowledge of CRM software have a huge advantage, and are in high demand in the market.”
Salary ranges between $37,000 and $43,000.
6. IT Project Manager
“IT project managers typically have a background in development or IT, which enables them to guide a team of developers, analysts and other tech professionals in completing complex tech projects. Tech professionals often transition in project management to advance their careers. To be an IT project manager, you must be highly tech-savvy and able to efficiently manage time, budgets and people.”
Salary ranges between $92,000 and $114,000.
7. Account Manager
“Account managers are the primary point of contact in business to business relationships. As B2B sales are a crucial component for many businesses, it’s no surprise that account managers are in demand in 2018. Account managers are tasked with keeping existing clients happy, and finding opportunities with potential clients. A skilled account manager has the ability to significantly impact a business’ bottom line.”
Salary ranges between $75,000 and $92,000.
“The past year was a strong one for the Canadian economy, which means businesses are expanding and adding new employees to their ranks left and right. Recruiters ensure companies are able to find and hire talented employees with the skills and experience they need to grow. Though recruiters are needed in all industries, in 2018, recruiters are especially in demand in candidate-driven fields like technology and engineering.”
9. Administrative Assistant
“Administrative assistants are a cornerstone of the office workplace. They ensure that other office workers have the tools, resources and support they need to turn in great work. In 2018, administrative assistants must be able to handle a variety of tasks ranging from basic clerical tasks like filing and scheduling, to more specialized tasks like accounting and bookkeeping functions. Tech savvy candidates with an affinity for accounting are in high demand in 2018.”
Salary ranges from $44,000 to $52,000.
“Receptionists are the first face that greets customers or clients at a place of business. They’re responsible for making a positive first impression, which can determine feelings about a company for years to come. Though customer service is clearly an important element of being a great receptionist, basic tech-skills are in high demand in this field. Knowledge of telephone systems and computer programs that log customer information are also a key part of any modern receptionist job, and will make you an attractive candidate in 2018.
Salary ranges from $35,000 to $41,000.