The 15 most in-demand jobs in Canada in 2018: Report

Feb 7 2018, 12:42 am

If you’re thinking of changing your line of work, you may want to take a look at this list.

Multinational human resource consulting firm Randstad has compiled the top 15 in-demand jobs in the country by using information from CEB’s Wanted Analytics, and its own internal tracking systems, which measure job openings, job placements and other data in various Canadian markets.

“The roles that are taking off in Canada in 2018 cover a diverse range of industries,” said Randstad on its website.

“From blue collar jobs like general labourer, assembler and forklift operator, which are essential to keeping Canada’s strong manufacturing sector running smoothly, to high-tech roles like software engineer, to various professional roles like accountant, project manager, and administrative assistant, there’s a job for everyone.”

According to Randstad, these are the jobs Canadians are vying for the most.

1. General labourer

“General labourers are the backbone of Canadian industry. They take on all kinds of tasks that need to be done to keep businesses running smoothly. From cleaning tasks, to loading and unloading materials, to general handy work, being a general labourer requires you to be a jack-of-all-trades. In 2018, general labours are the most needed role in Canada,” said Randstad.

2. Sales representative

“Sales representatives are the second most in-demand job in Canada in 2018. Businesses count on talented salespeople to move products off shelves and into customers’ hands.”

3. Accountant

“Who doesn’t hate doing their taxes? Thankfully we have accountants to take care of that! Though filing taxes may be part of an accountant’s duties, they also handle all kinds of other accounting and record-keeping tasks, helping businesses and individuals manage their finances,” said Randstad.

The company also notes that having a CPA designation is the gold standard in the industry and will guarantee employee.

4. Engineering project manager

“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.”

5. 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.”

6. 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,” said Randstad.

The company notes that customer service reps with CRM software training are in high demand in the market.

7. 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.”

8. Account manager

“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.”

9. Software engineer

“Software engineers are the brains behind the software that runs on devices we use daily. From desktop software, to web applications, to smartphone apps, software engineers handle them all. So it should come as no surprise that filling software engineer jobs is a top priority for employers in a variety of sectors.”

Randstad notes that software engineers are versatile for any sector as almost every modern-day industry requires software.

10. Forklift operator

“E-commerce growth has led to a rise in warehouses and fulfilment centres in Canada. These operations need certified forklift operators to move, stack, and inventory merchandise.”

11. Recruiter

“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.”

12. Administrative assistant

“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.”

13. Assembler

“Canada’s manufacturing sector had a strong year, and the creation of new assembler jobs followed. In 2018, tech-savvy assemblers who are capable of operating a variety of heavy machinery are especially in demand.”

14. Machinist

“Machinists are highly tech-savvy and skilled with their hands. They ensure the expensive machinery used in factories and manufacturing plants is put to good use and operates smoothly.”

15. Receptionist

“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.”

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