If there’s one thing we know about Millennials in the workplace, it’s that they’re always looking for greener pastures.
According to human resources firm ADP Canada, more than half of Canadians between 18 and 34 years old were looking for a career change in 2016. It’s unlikely we’ve solved our fear of commitment since then, so we’ll assume the same holds true today.
There’s nothing wrong with shopping around for the best employer. But just as you are picky about where to work, so too are companies that have access to a deeper talent pool than ever before.
By measuring job openings, placements and other data across various Canadian markets, multinational human resource consulting firm Randstad has released a list of the 15 most in-demand jobs in Canada for 2018.
Because as much as you should totally #followyourpassion and #justdoit, it helps to have a little big data on your side. Here’s what’s hot in Canada’s job market…
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.”
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. B2B salespeople are also in high demand. An ability to sell products and services to businesses is a key skill that will increase your attractiveness to employers in this sector.”
“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. In this field a CPA designation is the gold standard and will all but guarantee you steady employment in 2018.”
4. Engineering project manager
“Engineering projects managers ensure that construction projects are completed without a hitch. From overseeing the construction of a high-rise condo in Toronto, to building a bridge in Halifax, to digging a reservoir in Calgary, engineering project managers are on the job. 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. Business analysts require both tech skills and financial knowhow, so you’ll find jobs that lean a little more on one or the other.”
6. Customer service rep
“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. Customer service reps with knowledge of CRM software have a huge advantage.”
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. Tech professionals often transition in project management to advance their careers. To be an IT project manager, you must be highly tech-savvy and able to efficiently manage time, budgets and people.”
8. Account manager
“Account managers are the primary point of contact in business to business relationships. As B2B sales are a crucial component for many buisinesses, it’s no surprise that account managers are in demand in 2018. 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. It’s no longer just tech companies that are building software. Every industry from banking, to ecommerce, to government, and everything in between, requires software to function. In 2018, software engineering is a candidate-driven field, so skilled candidates have their pick of jobs.”
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. Employers will often sponsor your forklift training in return for a commitment to their organization.”
12. Administrative assistant