The Canadian Job Market 2021: What Job Seekers Need To Know

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If you live in Canada and are currently unemployed, then now is a great time to start looking for a new job or even enter a new career field. Now that COVID-19 related business restrictions have been eased, many businesses are experiencing employee shortages and need to fill their open job positions quickly. In fact, more than 231,000 open job positions were created in the country in the month of June 2021 alone, and an additional 94,000 were created in July. 

Read on to learn more about the current Canadian job market, including job positions that are in high demand and work-from-home job opportunities available to those who still prefer to work inside of their own homes. 

Job Positions That Are In Demand 

If you are considering entering a new career field when you re-enter the workforce, then you should consider training for a job that the Canadian Occupational Projection System (COPS) predicts will be in high demand from now until at least the year 2024. 

Due to the growing elderly population in Canada, many of these jobs are in the healthcare sector. COPS predicts that the growing demand for registered nurses (RNs), licensed practical nurses (LPNs), occupational therapists, physical therapists, and pharmacists will continue to lead to the creation of new jobs in these fields for many more years. 

The demand for truck drivers in the country is also growing, and the number of job openings for truck drivers is expected to grow almost as fast as the number of RN jobs created. 

Other in-demand job positions include welders, college instructors, software engineers, and aircraft pilots. 

Work-From-Home Job Opportunities

When the COVID-10 pandemic lead to workplace shut-downs, many employers realized that some of their workers could perform their jobs from home just as successfully as they had performed them in the office. For this reason, if you would prefer to work remotely when returning to the workforce, then you should learn which industries are more likely to employ remote workers than others due to the telework capacity, or remote work-friendliness, of these industries. 

According to the Statistics Canada Labour Force Survey, industries with the highest telework capacities include the finance and insurance industries; the educational, scientific, and technical services industries; and public administration. 

However, if you are looking for remote work outside of these industries, these types of jobs may still be available; consider the telework capacity of the specific job position you are seeking before you decide to switch to work in another industry that may be more remote work-friendly as a whole. 

If you live in Canada and are currently unemployed, then now is a great time to look for a new job or enter a new career field. Many new jobs have been created in Canada that need employees to fulfill them, and work-from-home opportunities are still abundant.