By Bruce Powell, Founder & Executive Recruiter

Happy Canada Day, everyone! Hopefully you had some time over the long weekend to kick back and relax, spend some time with your family and enjoy the beautiful weather.

To keep the Canada Day celebration going, we thought it would be a great opportunity to take a look at the careers and jobs that are in demand and on the upswing.

Recently, Canadian Business put together their list of Canada’s Best Jobs 2016. Unlike other lists that focus solely on one aspect of a career such as salary or demand for jobs, this list takes a look at a number of job characteristics to determine the ranking, including:

  • Median salary
  • Wage growth
  • 5-year employee growth
  • Outlook


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“Finding the ideal job for you, of course, is about more than just salary. It’s a complex mix of where you are, your qualifications, your personal interests and ambitions, and who’s hiring now,” says Canadian Business.

Whether you are going to college and trying to determine your major, are just starting your career, looking to take the next step in your career, or it’s time for a career change, this list will provide you with a broad view of the best jobs available in Canada today and for the next few years.

So, what are the best jobs in Canada? Here is a list of the top 25 ranked positions:

Rank  Job title Median Salary Wage Growth 5-year employee growth % Outlook
1 Mining or Forestry Manager $104,000 19% 44%
2 Urban Planner $85,010 15% 30%
3 Pharmacist $99,840 9% 38%
4 Pilot or Flying Instructor $79,997 28% 5%
5 Public Administration Director $101,920 23% 6%
6 Construction Manager $79,997 15% 26%
7 Software Engineer $88,005 17% 60%
8 Oil & Gas Well Operator $72,800 17% 47%
9 Financial Manager $97,074 21% 17%
10 Engineering Manager $100,006 10% 17%
11 Telecommunications Manager $84,448 14% -3%
12 Oil & Gas Drilling Supervisor $79,997 14% 19%
13 Petroleum or Chemical Engineers $104,998 16% -22%
14 Specialized Engineer $81,058 6% 94%
15 Economic Development Director $105,144 10% -12%
16 Police Officer $81,598 17% -9%
17 Aerospace Engineer $79,997 16% 24%
18 Lawyer $87,610 10% 22%
19 Health & Community Service Manager $104,541 9% -10%
20 Scientific Research Manager $90,002 4% 42%
21 Nurse Practitioner $74,880 13% -21%
22 Occupational Therapist $78,395 18% 32%
23 Corporate Sales Manager $79,997 28% -23%
24 Electronics Engineer $87,006 16% 4%
25 Purchasing Manager $83,429 15% -9%


See the full list: Canada’s Best Jobs 2016: The Top 100

As you can see, the list has a diverse collection of jobs and career opportunities ranging across many different industries.

If you are currently looking, check out our list of current job opportunities.

IQ PARTNERS is an Executive Search & Recruitment firm in Toronto. We help companies hire better, hire less & retain more. We have specialist teams of recruiters in Financial Services & Insurance, Marketing Communications & Media, Emerging Tech & Telecom, Consumer Goods & Retail, B2B & Industrial, Technology, Accounting & Finance, HR & Operations and Mining & Engineering. IQ PARTNERS has its head office in Toronto and operates internationally via Aravati Global Search Network. Click here to view current job openings and to register with us.

Bruce Powell Executive Search

Bruce Powell

Bruce co-founded IQ PARTNERS in 2001 and currently operates as Managing Partner. His personal background includes hands-on management experience in sales, marketing and marketing services. He has built management teams for a wide variety of marketing, communications, media and technology companies. He has also participated in several M&A transactions for service-based companies and is frequently called upon as a resource in the planning and negotiation of such deals.

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