The ten best jobs in Canada for 2013 (and how to get them)

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Earlier this week we took a look at the worst jobs in Canada this year as ranked by changes in salary and the declining number of jobs. Well, that was the bad news. The good news is there are numerous other fields that offer increasing pay and opportunities.

Canadian Business Magazine has put together a list of the top jobs in Canada that offer a minimum salary of at least $60,000 with projected growth and that are actively hiring right now. Helpfully, they’ve also pointed out the barrier to entry for each, so you’ll know what qualifications you’ll need to get hired.

So, as ranked by demand for workers and recent salary growth, here are the top ten jobs in Canada for 2013, their median salaries, and how to land them:

Aerospace engineer – $75,000

In this role you will use a range of computer systems and high tech equipment to make sure that the design and components of aircraft or spacecraft are all functioning properly. To land this job, you’ll need an engineering degree. See Aerospace engineer opportunities on Workopolis.

Chemical engineer – $78,000

You’ll need to have a bachelor of applied science or a chemical engineer degree for this job, but the good news is that right out of school, chemical engineering is one of the highest paying degrees for entry-level jobs. New grads can earn a starting salary of $50,000-60,000$. See chemical engineering jobs.

Senior government manager – $96,000

High-level bureaucrats earn close to the six-figure mark, but this takes working your way up through the ranks of the civil service. (And surviving the winds of political change.) However, to get started all you need is generally a relevant university degree and (especially for federal government jobs) bilingualism.

See jobs in government relations on Workopolis, or visit the Canadian public service’s hiring site.

Real estate & financial manager – $80,000

There is such a demand for workers that many financial institutions are actively hiring people from unrelated backgrounds and offering them in-house training programs. However, to be successful, you’ll need an in-depth grasp of financial systems. Sales experience and/or a business or finance degree are recommended. See jobs on real estate or finance jobs.

Lawyer – $80,000

To become a lawyer you need to complete the LSAT (Law School Admission Test) and a three to four year degree. Candidates also have to “article” (working under the supervision of an experienced lawyer for 10 months) and successfully complete the Bar Admission Course. See lawyer jobs.

School principal & administrator – $90,000

To become a principal, you need to have an undergraduate degree, your teaching certificate, and experience teaching. Many regions also require advanced degrees and the completion of a principal training program. See school principal and / or administrator jobs.

Electrical & telecommunications contractor – $73,000

Contractors are in demand across the country, and generally work for themselves as independent companies. To achieve this status, you start by becoming a certified electrician.  This requires a four-year apprenticeship that combines studying with actual on-the-job training. See electrical contracting jobs.

Petroleum engineer – $93,500

Canada’s booming oil and gas sector has made workers in this sector a hot commodity. You’ll need an engineering degree to start. Then think about what kind of job you want in the field. Drilling engineers decide how to extract oil and gas, production engineers care for the operation of wells, and reservoir engineers gauge how much oil and gas is left underground. Alternate career paths can focus on workplace safety or environmental issues. See petroleum engineering jobs.

Head nurse & health-care manager – $75,000

Becoming the head nurse is an important career step that allows you to earn more money, tackle bigger challenges and take control over more aspects of the environment you’re working in. To land this role, you’ll first need a four-year nursing degree, followed by on-the-job experience. Some nurses then earn a master of science in nursing as part of an MBA or a master of health care administration. Either of these can boost your chances of climbing up in the ranks. See nursing jobs.

Oil & gas drilling supervisor – $75,000

Supervisors in this field supervise a team of workers drilling for oil or gas, operating rigs, or providing oil and gas well services. They work for drilling and well service contractors and by petroleum producing companies. While a college diploma in petroleum engineering technology or Petroleum Industry Training Service (PITS) courses may be required, successful on-the-job experience is generally considered more important than formal education for reaching the position of supervisor.  See oil and gas supervisor jobs.

Source: Canadian Business, The Top Ten Best Jobs in Canada


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  • Olga

    Surprised there were zero comments in one year? Who would care about list of rare managerial positions? Plus a very misleading title! A totally useless article.