Most Popular and Highest Paying Job Sectors in Canada

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Piyush Kohli
Study Abroad Expert
Updated on Jun 3, 2021 16:17 IST

When you are looking for jobs in Canada, you must be sure that the prospective job will provide you with good money and a relative amount of job security. For international students these criteria are the most important as in case you decide to apply for Permanent Residency (PR) in the future, you need to have a strong case which is reflected in the kind of job you hold. Since the population of Canada is sparse in a certain area, the Canadian economy is dependent on immigrants and foreign nationals to make up for the lack of manpower. Healthcare, Education, and IT are some of the most popular job sectors in Canada.

Most popular jobs for the year 2021

1. Registered Nurses

Demand for Registered Nurses is expected to increase over the next couple of years. Medical professionals are not only in high demand but also considered as one of the best-paying jobs in Canada. This sector has always been popular with Indian students and the healthcare industry is growing faster than other job sectors. If you are looking for more flexibility, you can consider contract nursing with international and traveling positions. One major factor that is driving the demand for registered nurses is the aging population of Canada. Elderly people usually require more medical attention compare to the younger population. Also, Registered Nurses are required in every province of the country, so, there are a lot of opportunities in this field.

2. Vocational Instructor

Instructing at the college and vocational level is going to be a prominent career in Canada. As the federal and provincial governments continue to strengthen the post-secondary education system, demand for college and vocational instructors is going to rise. Instructors are responsible to teach at both public and private educational and other institutions that provide academic, vocational, and technical skills.

3. Management Consultant

In today's increasingly challenging business environment, corporates need to adjust as per the circumstances and be productive.  Management Consultants are responsible to achieve that goal. Demand for professional and management consulting is going to rise, which will create more job opportunities for Management and Business Consultants. Candidates usually acquire a business or management-related degree and gain relevant work experience in a particular domain. A management consultant is not only a high-paying job in Canada but they also have the advantage of working across different sectors.

4. Software Engineer

Software engineering and designing are going to be one area that is going to be in high demand from all the sectors whether IT, retail, banking, etc. Increasing digitization will create the need for more people who can handle this challenging task. Also, this is a high-paying job area for professionals. 

5. Physiotherapist

Canada is believed to be a healthy country and Physiotherapists make that possible. Also, increasing health awareness jobs in the medical field are going to rise. Occupational and physiotherapists play an important part in helping people live comfortably and improve their physical wellbeing. With this, the demand for technicians and therapists will see a substantial increase.

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Highest paying jobs in Canada

Apart from the above-mentioned jobs, there is going to be a huge demand for Doctors, Dentists, and Miners/Gas Driller. These will be some of the highest-paying jobs in Canada. In addition to this, there is going to be a high demand for the below mentioned jobs.

  • Pharmacist
  • Customer service representative
  • Industrial Electrician
  • Truck Driver
  • Aerospace Engineer
  • Financial Advisor

FAQs for jobs in Canada

Q. Do you need a work visa to work in Canada?

A. Once you finish your studies (degree) as an international student you can work for a period as per the length of your programme. Maximum you can work for a period of three years. After completing your studies you need to apply for a (PGWP) to work in Canada.

Q. When I should apply for a work permit in Canada?

A. Students should apply for a Post-Graduation Work Permit Programme (PGWPP) within 90 days of getting the confirmation of their degree completion.

Q. What type of institutions one must have studied to apply for a post-graduate work permit?

A. To apply for a PGWP, one must have studied from a

  • Public higher education
  • Private higher education institution (that functions on the line of public schools)
  • Private institution that offers degrees authorized by the Canadian province
  • Private institution that offers qualification programmes of 900 hours or more

Q. Which is a growing job sector in Canada now?

A. Oil and gas drilling sector is one of the fastest-growing sectors in Canada right now. Students can pursue a diploma or other courses related to this field in Canada and look for jobs here.

Q. What is the present job market scenario in Canada?

A. As per the official data, Canada's unemployment rate fell to 8.5% in November 2020 from a record 13.7% in May 2020. As things are coming back to normal and the country is opening different sectors this is projected to fall further. Apart from this, employers are also planning to re-hire employees who were laid off due to the pandemic

Q. What is Express Entry Canada? How does it work?

A. Express Entry is the fastest way to move to Canada and become permanent residents within few months. It is one of the most popular immigration systems worldwide. Learn everything about Express Entry Canada here

Q. Which skills are in demand in Canada?

A. There is no specific answer to this question. As already explained there is a huge demand for Nursing jobs in Canada and this trend is going to stay for few years. Also, Software development engineers and electrical engineers are in demand. Your skills must be in sync with your job role.

Q. What is a good salary in Canada?

A. It varies from province to province and city to city. A certain amount may be considered as good in a set place whereas that amount can be below average in a different city. $1,12,000 is the median salary in Canada anything above this can be considered a good salary in Canada.

Q. Which sectors are affected by COVID-19 in Canada?

A. COVID-19 (Coronavirus) has affected economies the world over, similarly, it has affected the retail, hospitality, construction, and food services industry the most. However, with the vaccination drive picking up pace, the economic activity is coming back to normal gradually and is projected to improve in future.

Q. How can I work as a student in Canada?

A. To work as a student, one must have to be

  • Enrolled as a full-time student
  • Enrolled at a DLI
  • Students need to meet all the off-campus and on-campus requirements

Q. Can I get a Canadian study visa in COVID-19 times?

A. Students outside Canada can submit an online application for a study permit. Once you submit the online application, you may be asked by IRCC for medical and biometrics results. Not applying now can further delay your visa as once the offices re-open your application will be there in the queue.

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I have completed MSc genetics and want to pursue reaserch or PhD in Canada is there any scope and growth.

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Shagun Verma


Hello Piyush,
How can you apply for jobs in canada as an international ?
As i have never studied or visited canada. I have done distance MBA in HR
How long can it take ?
Is it necessary to study there first and then find a job ?
Could you please help. Thank you in advance.

Reply to Shagun Verma


Piyush KohliStudy Abroad Expert


Hi Shagun, at Shiksha Studyabroad, we assist you with your queries related to study abroad.


Ajey Chavan


Hi Piyush,
I am Chemical Engineering Graduate with 15 years of Experience in field of project for process industry .Is it feasible for me to pursue any Masters in Engg/Non engg at this stage or any PG diploma.Can you suggest any good option for any course in Canada suitable to me.

Reply to Ajey Chavan




Hello Piyush sir,
i have competed 12th in 2020, have experience of business. I want to do a UG course in canada ,through which would i get PR straight after completation?

Reply to saif


Piyush KohliStudy Abroad Expert


Hi Saif, at Shiksha Studyabroad, we assist you with your queries related to study abroad. Please refer to the below link and learn options to study in Canada after 12th:

Hi Piyush,
I completed my Bachelor's degree in 2019. I have 2 year so experience in the IT sector, can you help my=e by suggesting possible MBA options in Canada. Thank you!

Reply to Anavadya Shibu


Piyush KohliStudy Abroad Expert


Hi Anavadya, please check the below URL and go through the list of universities offering MBA in Canada:
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