In the past 18 months, the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions led to extended lockdowns, massive job losses and widespread business closures across industries in Canada. However, like most other global economies, the Canadian economy is also on the path to recovery. Today, most Canadian organizations, big or small, are adapting to the new realities and focused on business growth. With tele-commuting, video conferencing, and work-from-home becoming an integral aspect of the new ways of working, newer roles are gaining momentum and making it to the list of in demand occupations in Canada.
10 Roles that Canadian Employers Will Continue to Hire For
1. Nurses: While there was a shortage of registered nurses even before the pandemic, this situation is now amplified due to two key reasons – a dramatic increase in patients who require critical care, and healthcare providers across Canada expanding their presence and services.
2. HR Managers: Crucial for businesses to stay afloat and implement remote working and health and safety policies for employees, HR managers will continue to be in demand in the coming years.
3. Customer Service Representatives: Most customers prefer interacting with a real person who can guide them to purchases or help them with refunds and cancellations. Employers across industries rely on this role for sales and services, instead of using chatbots alone.
4. Financial Advisers: Whether it is economic uncertainties, or business-as-usual, there is always a need for professionals who can help individuals and businesses with securing future finances or addressing current financial insufficiencies.
5. Software Developers: Besides the exponential increase in tech companies, businesses across industries have had to up their game on mobile and web interfaces, digital sales or services, and e-commerce platforms. This has given a further impetus to a profession that was already in demand for the last several years.
6. Electrical Engineers: Employers across industries need electrical engineers for designing and managing complex communication systems, computers, electronics, and electrical products. This is especially significant due to the increased dependencies on digital devices and systems since the beginning of the pandemic.
7. Veterinarians: Canada was already facing a shortage of practising veterinarians for the last several years. This shortage has intensified due to the bring-home-a-pet frenzy that kicked off since the beginning of the pandemic.
8. Pharmacists: Whether it is at hospitals or drugstores, pharmacists are in high demand across all of Canada.
9. General labourers: From moving materials and equipment to excavating or demolition activities, general labourers or construction workers are always in demand in Canada.
10. Project Managers: Another high demand job for the last several years, project managers, especially for non-technical projects will be seeing a big uptick over the next decade.
Labour Shortages May Create Big Wins for Young Workers
The labour market in Canada was already tight even before the pandemic. Amid the soaring vaccination rates, ramped up business activities, and steadily increasing job growth, labour shortages will prompt Canadian employers to:
- Hire and bet on younger and lesser experienced workers for the same jobs.
- Offer more competitive salaries since qualified candidates routinely receive multiple offers and drive a hard bargain.
However, it is currently unclear whether the higher wages will feed inflation or lead to lasting gains and higher living standards for workers. If employers can improve productivity by investing in technology, training the staff, and raising the output per worker, eventually it may be possible to foot these higher wage bills without passing on the added cost to customers.
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