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In-demand jobs in Canada

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

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Dear Mr Brown,

I would like to know about the top, in-demand jobs in Canada and whether I need to be training in Canada in order to work there.

— JB

Dear JB:

Canada is a First World country that has a functional economy in which jobs pay living wages.

The unemployment rate was down to 5.7 per cent in December, 2017. This is the lowest unemployment rate in 40 years. My employment advice for Canada would be to pursue an area of interest and you will find a way to make a living.

For 2018, there have been reports regarding the occupations that are most in demand, which I will share with you. However, please note in-demand and highest-paying are not synonymous.

General labourer — $15.90 to $18.39 an hour

This position entails many job tasks in manufacturing, logistics and construction, and can be described as general handywork. The position connotes manual labour. However, general labour jobs are often in demand but automation is a concern for the future.

Sales representative — $52,000 to $64,000 (junior level)

Personally, I believe that talent and skills in sales are the most important. If a person can sell, they can do well in virtually any industry as most businesses exist to sell goods and services. Sales jobs include those selling directly to consumers, but also in high demand are those who sell to other businesses.

Accountant — $63,000 to $75,000

Accountants are in-demand, which is primarily fuelled by recovery in the financial sector. Every business needs an expert in corporate taxes and financial management, as Canada has a formal economy.

Engineering project manager — $74,000 to $92,000

This occupation encompasses how to finish projects effectively and efficiently, that is on time and within budget. The federal government is heavily investing in infrastructure projects and the housing sector is robust.

Business analyst — $73,000 to $87,000

Business analysts are expected to combine technical and business skills pertaining to strategic planning, analysis and optimisation of internal business systems.

Cus tomer service representative — $37,000 to $43,000

These jobs deal with ensuring that customers are satisfied with a company's product or service before and after a purchase is made. They are often based in call centres. Employers are most interested in soft skills in new hires, such as phone etiquette, patience and problem-solving skills.

IT project manager — $92,000 to $114,000

This is the most highly paid job on the list and the red-hot demand for IT specialists shows no sign of cooling off. That's because most organisations would grind to a halt if IT operations faltered. IT project managers oversee developers, analysts and other technology professionals, along with budgets and timelines for IT projects.

Account manager — $75,000 to $92,000

This position is a primary point of contact in B2B (business-to-business) relationships. They are senior-level sales representatives. They ensure that customers are satisfied and develop new customers and sales channels.

Software engineer — $83,000 to $99,000

Software engineers are in-demand based on the prolific use of smartphones and apps, cars, appliances, and manufacturing equipment in virtually every industry — from banking to the public sector.

Forklift operator — $16.59 to $19.42 an hour

The rapid growth in e-commerce has given rise to new warehouse and fulfilment centres across Canada. Forklift drivers are needed to move, stack and inventory merchandise that is headed for delivery to consumers.

Seneca College Seminar

Seneca College is a school in Canada which offers many marketable programmes. The public is invited to the free Seneca College seminar I will be hosting, which includes general information and on the spot applications at Knutsford Court Hotel tomorrow at 7:00 pm. I will also discuss general matters pertaining to study permits, work permits and permanent residence, as it relates to attending Seneca College.

Please visit JAMAICA2CANADA.COM for additional information on Canadian permanent residence programmes, including Express Entry, the Study & Work programme, visas or appeals, etc.

Antonn Brown, BA (Hons), LLB, MSc, RCIC, is an immigration counsel and an accredited Canadian education agent of JAMAICA2CANADA.COM — a Canadian immigration & education firm in Kingston. Send questions/comments to jamaica2canada@gmail.com.

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