According to statistics Canada, there are currently over two million students enrolled in post secondary school, and for us students, that is a lot of future competition in the workforce. Finding a job within your field once you graduate can be a scary thought, especially with the current state of Alberta’s economy. In order to use your education to it’s full potential, you must have a career path planned.
Canadian Business released a list of one hundred of the current top jobs in Canada, as of 2016. The top five are as follows:
- Mining or Forestry Manager (Median Salary - $104,000)
- Urban Planner (Median Salary - $85,010)
- Pharmacist (Median Salary - $99,840)
- Pilot/Flying Instructor (Median Salary - $79,997)
- Public Administration Director (Median Salary – $101,920)
Inevitably, the list is constantly changing with new jobs entering the market everyday, as well as the level of demand changing for certain jobs. In retrospect, Huffington Post released a list of Canada’s fastest growing jobs in the next five years, between 2015 and 2020. The top five from that list are as follows:
- Nurses Aides for Homecare
- Petroleum Engineers
- Computer Programmers/Interactive
- Media Designers
- Information Systems Analysts
- Early Childhood Educators and Assistants
Even if you are not in school for or have any interest in any of these careers, there are still many chances for you to succeed in the business industry. Relative to the educational platforms provided here at Concordia University of Edmonton, Huffington Post also states that accountants and managers for child care services also make it on the list of growing jobs in the next five years.
The number of young adults that are currently in post secondary striving to obtain degrees and diplomas plays a significant role in the number and types of jobs that will be available in the future. In a global article on the new job skills needed in Alberta’s economy, Chris Massie, the operations manager at About Staffing stated that “any career related to technology is definitely the way to go; something like coding or programming, or development or even sales within the technology area – that’s going to be a growth market in the long term.” Knowledge about technology, for our generation, is a strong trait that a majority of us have. This knowledge is a good example of some of the new job skills that will be needed in the future in order to maintain a strong workforce in Canada, while also having endless opportunities in our careers.
With the Baby Boomer generation being born between 1946 and 1964, and Generation X following (1965-1976), the retirement rate over the next ten years for both Generation X and the Baby Boomers will be extremely high. A high retirement rate is a good sign for the Millennials (people born between 1980-2000) and the Centennials (people born between 1996-2010) who will be entering the job industry. Not only will these retirements open new job positions, but it will also give the younger generations the opportunity to possibly move up in their current positions to higher paying, and more fulfilling positions. New skills in other areas of the workforce could possibly be the reason why you may get a job over someone else someday. It is extremely important for us to pay attention to the changes and needs within the business industry in order for us to use our degrees and skills to their full potential.