What are the Most In-Demand Careers?

By Indeed Editorial Team

June 11, 2021

Whether you're changing careers or looking to start a new job, knowing the current job market trends is important. Pursuing an in-demand career can position you for more opportunities and help you achieve your professional and personal goals. In this article, we define in-demand careers and list the top career paths to consider.

What are in-demand careers?

In-demand careers are professions that offer long-term growth and have multiple open positions. Recently, healthcare, trade, hospitality, and information technology (IT) have been industries with the most in-demand careers.

15 most in-demand jobs

Here are top jobs in high demand across various industries in Canada:

1. Construction estimator

National average salary: $66,777 per year

Primary duties: Construction estimators analyze and prepare cost estimates associated with construction projects. They are responsible for:

  • Establishing systems for monitoring costs

  • Creating and maintaining records of contractors, subcontractors, and other suppliers

  • Developing systems for conducting negotiations and analyzing tenders

Requirements: Construction estimators must complete a college program in construction or civil engineering technology or have experience in the construction trade. Other requirements include:

  • Certification by the Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyors

2. Financial advisor

National average salary: $58,794 per year

Primary duties: Financial advisors help people manage their finances and reach financial goals. They are responsible for:

  • Assessing clients' financial positions using data

  • Developing financial plans

  • Providing advice on financial products such as bonds and stocks

  • Monitoring clients' financial situation

  • Updating investments periodically

Requirements: Financial advisors need a bachelor's degree in finance or a related discipline. They must register with the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA). Additional requirements include:

  • Certified Financial Planner (CFP) certification

3. Home health aide

National average salary: $43,340 per year

Primary duties: A home health aide assists patients with basic activities, such as housecleaning, bathing, and dressing in their home. Their responsibilities include:

  • Helping patients with basic personal hygiene tasks

  • Conducting basic healthcare for patients

  • Collaborating with nurses, caregivers, and other care professionals to provide quality patient care

  • Reporting clients' health statuses

Requirements: Home health aides need secondary school education and home management experience. Other requirements include:

  • First aid certification

  • Completion of a training program for patient care

4. Industrial electrician

National average salary: $79,085 per year

Primary duties: As specialist electricians, industrial electricians install, maintain, and repair industrial electrical equipment. Their responsibilities include:

  • Reading and interpreting blueprints to determine the layout for industrial electrical equipment

  • Troubleshooting electrical control systems

  • Testing electronic equipment for current, resistance, and voltage

  • Conducting preventative maintenance on electrical equipment and keeping maintenance records

Requirements: Industrial electricians must complete their secondary school education. They must also complete an industrial electrician apprenticeship or have over five years of work experience. Additional requirements include:

  • Trade certification from a vocational training institute

  • Construction electrician certificates when employers don't own industrial electrical equipment

  • Red Seal endorsement

5. Medical technologist

National average salary: $68,562 per year

Primary duties: Also referred to as medical laboratory technologist, medical technologists perform tests and analyses on fluids, tissues, and blood samples. Their responsibilities include:

  • Collecting samples of bodily fluids for analysis

  • Identifying abnormalities in collected samples

  • Recording tested data

  • Maintaining medical equipment and ensuring safe working conditions

Requirements: Medical technologists need to complete a college program in medical laboratory technology and undergo supervised practical training. Other requirements include:

  • Certification by the Canadian Society of Medical Laboratory Science

  • Registration with a regulatory body, such as the College of Medical Laboratory Technologists of Alberta

6. Nursing assistant

National average salary: $42,782 per year

Primary duties: Nursing assistants help patients with basic medical care. They ensure patients are comfortable and monitor their health. Their responsibilities include:

  • Taking patients' vital signs

  • Changing bed linens routinely

  • Helping patients move around a facility

  • Recording and report observations of patient health

Requirements: Nurse assistants must complete their high school education and have on-the-job training. Other requirements include:

  • Completion of specialized courses in CPR, food handling, and first aid

7. Occupational therapist

National average salary: $73,594 per year

Primary duties: Occupational therapists help ill, injured, or disabled patients relearn skills they need to work and live independently. Their responsibilities include:

  • Evaluating patients and understanding their needs

  • Designing treatment plans

  • Recommending improvements to a home or work environment

  • Monitoring patient progress

  • Collaborating with families and caregivers on patient progress

Requirements: Occupational therapists must complete a university degree in occupational therapy and supervised fieldwork. Alternatively, they can graduate from an occupational therapy program by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT). Occupational therapists also need licensure from a regulatory body in their province. Other requirements include:

  • Membership in the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists

  • Additional training or experience to specialize in working with a specific demographic, such as children or adults

8. Pharmacist

National average salary: $101,694 per year

Primary duties: Pharmacists dispense prescription drugs to patients. They work with physicians, pharmacist technicians, and other employees at pharmacies. Their responsibilities include:

  • Checking prescriptions for proper dosage

  • Managing accurate inventory of medications

  • Providing information to patients on how to use or take prescribed medications

  • Assisting patients to identify medication with damaged labels

  • Participate in research for new drugs

Requirements: Pharmacists need a bachelor's degree in pharmacy to work. They also require supervised training and a licence to practice.

9. Physical therapy aide

National average salary: $44,029 per year

Primary duties: Physical therapy aides set up equipment for patient treatments and exercise. They assist therapists in helping patients recover from injuries and illnesses. They are responsible for:

  • Cleaning linens, tools, and weights

  • Assisting patients to move and supporting them when standing

  • Observing patients before, during, and after each therapy session

  • Conducting clerical tasks such as scheduling therapy appointments

Requirements: Physical therapy aides must complete a two-year physical therapy assistant program and supervised practical training.

10. Pipefitter

National average salary: $73,581 per year

Primary duties: Pipefitters handle pipes that carry gasses and high-pressure fluids. They use specialized techniques to install, bend, and join pipes in functional buildings. Their responsibilities include:

  • Reading and interpreting drawings, blueprints, and specifications

  • Selecting required pipe sizes and types

  • Cut openings for pipes using power or hand tools or machines

  • Welding, brazing, cementing, soldering pipes

  • Testing pipe networks for leaks

  • Cleaning and maintaining pipe units

Requirements: Pipefitters need a high school diploma to work. They must also complete an apprenticeship or obtain at least five years of work experience in pipefitting. Additional requirements include:

  • Red Seal endorsement

11. Registered nurse

National average salary: $79,577 per year

Primary duties: Registered nurses (RN) provide medical care to patients. They educate the public on programs and provide consultation services related to nursing practices. Their responsibilities include:

  • Evaluating patients to identify nursing interventions

  • Developing and implementing nursing care plans

  • Administering medications and treatment to patients

  • Supervising medical professionals such as nursing aides and nursing assistants

  • Ensuring safe working environments

  • Assisting doctors with patient care duties

Requirements: Registered nurses must complete a university degree, college program, or other nursing programs. They must register with the nursing regulatory body in their province or territory. Registered nurses need a master's or doctoral degree to pursue a specialization in their field.

12. Software engineer

National average salary: $89,234 per year

Primary duties: Software engineers develop, integrate, and maintain software applications for businesses. Their responsibilities include:

  • Determining users' software needs

  • Developing and testing software systems or applications

  • Documenting system or application for future use

  • Maintaining software systems with fixes and updates whenever necessary

  • Collaborating with developers, designers, and other engineers to create software programs

Requirements: Software engineers typically need a bachelor's degree in computer systems engineering, software engineering, or related disciplines. Additional requirements may include:

  • Advanced knowledge of various programming languages

  • Experience with several software engineering projects

13. Statistician

National average salary: $65,175 per year

Primary duties: Statisticians develop and apply statistical theories to solve problems. Their responsibilities include:

  • Conducting statistical experiments, surveys, and polls

  • Using statistical software to analyze and understand data sets

  • Reporting conclusions to stakeholders

Requirements: Statisticians need a graduate degree in mathematics, statistics, or a related field

14. Truck driver

National average salary: $69,244 per year

Primary duties: Truck drivers transport goods in heavy-duty trucks or truck-tractors. They typically carry items, such as food, equipment, or livestock, depending on their industry. Their responsibilities include:

  • Loading and unloading trucks

  • Inspecting trucks to ensure they're safe

  • Completing necessary paperwork for delivery

  • Driving safely and adhering to traffic laws

Requirements: Truck drivers need a high school diploma and to pass an accredited driver training that lasts at least three months. While truck drivers who drive straight-body trucks require a Class 3 or D license, others need a Class 1 or A license to drive combination vehicles. A transportation of dangerous goods (TDG) certification is necessary for drivers transporting hazardous products.

15. Web developer

National average salary: $66,410 per year

Primary duties: A web developer creates websites by writing code. They may work on either a website's client-facing or server-facing side, or sometimes both options. Their responsibilities include:

  • Understanding the client's requirements

  • Writing front and back end code

  • Collaborating with designers on the website's appearance

  • Analyzing feedback from users to fix errors

  • Implementing website testing and monitoring tools

  • Ensuring websites are secure

Requirements: Web developers typically need a bachelor's degree in computer science. Alternatively, they may complete a college program in graphic arts, computer science, or a related field. Web developers must be proficient in Javascript, HTML, and CSS.

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