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December 21, 2021

Five Canadian sectors hiring in 2011

No one knows what 2011 will hold (Should Brett Favre’s agent lobby a contract from the Minnesota Vikings? Should he lobby one from Playgirl?) and, certainly, forecasting Canada’s economic future is no less daunting.

What can be roughly sketched for next year, however, is something on many Canadians’ minds: where will the jobs be in 2011?

We can’t tell you precisely where the 7.6 per cent of unemployed Canucks can find work, but here’s five sectors that a few placement agencies see as first destinations to check out.

Some of these will require extra schooling – others, more refined skills – but there’s a good chance these industries could still be a fit for you.

According to Moneyville.ca:

1) Health care – It’s no surprise that, with the baby boomers getting old, health care positions are only set to increase in numbers. Sector growth you can count, though, lies in the 120,000 medical jobs added last month, a 6.1 per cent bump from November of 2009.

2) Tech support/design – “Technical skills are always in demand,” an employment source tells Moneyville, but as more companies move to boost their social media presence, being savvy with Twitter, Facebook and YouTube can only help your cause.

3) Financial services – Moneyville notes that accountants and financial planners will be in high demand next year, but so too will debt collectors. So, if the recession nabbed your job, fight back by, well, knocking down the door of some other poor sucker that can’t pay his bills.

4) Natural resources – All the media talk about the oilsands boom, I guess, isn’t just smoke. Natural resources will be a “hot area” for employment next year, Workopolis notes. The job site saw a 100 per cent increase in postings this year, primarily in positions in Alberta and B.C., Saskatchewan and Newfoundland and Labrador.

5) Construction – Moneyville points to almost 90,000 jobs gained in the construction industry over the past 12 months, which is surely nothing to sneeze at. What the site doesn’t say, though, is something you should consider. While jobs may be coming back into the trade sectors, many of those are likely to be recalls of positions that were terminated by the recession. Look here for work, but temper your expectations, too.

By Jason Buckland, MSN Money



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Gordon PowersGordon Powers

A long-time fund company executive, Gordon Powers now heads up the Affinity Group, a financial services consulting firm. Gordon was a personal finance columnist for the Globe & Mail for many years, has taught retirement planning...

Jason BucklandJason Buckland

The modern-day MC Hammer of money, Jason can often be seen spending cash that isn’t his with the efficiency of a Wilt Chamberlain first date. After cutting his teeth as a reporter for the Toronto Sun, he joined the MSN Money team with...