Ten high-demand jobs in Canada for 2020 (and what they pay)

The jobs that employers are struggling to fill right now span the spectrum of career paths, from healthcare to high tech, from blue collar to white. So, whatever field of work you are looking to be employed in, you’re likely to have plenty of options over the coming months.

Based on data from Statistics Canada, these here are ten roles that have labour shortage conditions currently or that are projected to have a shortage of qualified workers to fill the available roles for the foreseeable future.

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Here are some in-demand jobs and their median salaries in Canada right now.

Registered Nurse

Nurses make a median salary of $78,208 in Canada, according the Stats Can. The demand for professionals in this role is fairly consistent across the country, with labour shortage conditions predicted for at least the next three years.

Nursing jobs on CareerBeacon

Truck Driver

Truckers earn roughly $45,000 depending on region. There has been a consistent shortage of truck drivers in Canada for the past decade. (This is expected to continue until self-driving trucks officially take over the role.)

See truck driver job openings on CareerBeacon.

College or vocational instructor

College and vocational instructors make a median salary of $79,000 in Canada. Statistics Canada predicts that 42,600 new positions for instructors will open through 2026.

Instructor jobs available now

Business management consultant

Management consultants earn a median salary of $76,000 in Canada. They provide services such as analyzing the structure, operations, managerial methods or functions of an organization in order to propose, plan and implement improvements. They may work for management consulting firms or they can be self-employed.

View Consultant job openings


While the demand for workers in many of the occupations on this list is due to demographics – as more people retire than new professionals enter the field to replace them, the demand for welders is largely due to new job growth rather than retirement rates. According to Stats Can, the median salary for welders is $52,000.

Welding jobs hiring right now

Occupational or physical therapist

OT’s make roughly $82,000 a year in Canada. They develop individual and group programs with people affected by illness, injury, developmental disorders, and aging to maintain, restore or increase their ability to care for themselves. There is expected to be an ongoing shortage of professionals in this field through 2026.

Therapist positions on CareerBeacon

Software engineer or designer

Software professionals earn a median salary of just over $90,000 a year in Canada. They research, design, and integrate software applications, technical environments, operating systems, embedded software, information warehouses and telecommunications software. The field is constantly expanding and evolving with new in-demand skills emerging every year.

Software jobs available now

Steamfitter or pipefitter

Steamfitters and pipefitters lay out, assemble, fabricate, maintain, troubleshoot and repair piping systems carrying water, steam, chemicals and fuel in heating, cooling, lubricating and other process piping systems. They earn roughly $49,000 a year, according to Statistics Canada.

Steamfitter of pipefitter jobs on CareerBeacon

Industrial electrician

The median salary for electricians is $66,560. Stats Can predicts that 14,500 new industrial electricians will be needed through 2026, with a shortfall of skilled workers to fill those roles.

Companies hiring an electrician right now

According to recent job posting analysis, the most in-demand job in Atlantic Canada right now is for a Java developer, with half of all job ads for this position going unfilled for 60 days or more.

Stats Can estimates these professionals earn a median salary of $75,000 a year. This occupational group is expected to face labour shortage conditions through 2026 across the country.

Here are hundreds of openings for Java developers on CareerBeacon.

Salary data and outlook come from Statistics Canada’s Labour Force survey. You can research occupations in depth, and view regional outlooks and salary variations here.

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