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  • The fastest-growing job segments for 2013


    Published February 5, 2013
    The fastest-growing job segments for 2013
    Educators top the list when it comes to the fastest-growing job industry in the last two years.

    Thinking of making a career change or fresh out of school? According to a recent study from CareerBuilder and Economic Modeling Specialists, there are a handful of occupations that rise above the rest when it comes to growth in their respective fields.
    But which jobs offer the most opportunities across Canada? Based on data from Statistics Canada, the two general fields that have experienced the most growth between 2010 and 2012 are  technology and education. Here’s a sector-by-sector breakdown:

    1. Secondary and elementary school teachers and counsellors
    Educators take the top spot on the list for the highest growth since 2010. In just two years, primary and secondary schools have added a total of 24,285 new jobs, which adds up to a total national growth of 18.1 per cent.

    2. Admin officers
    Head administrators in offices across Canada belong to the second-fastest growing field. Almost 20,000 new jobs (19,549) were added in two years, representing a growth rate of 9.9 per cent.

    3. Truck drivers
    The men and women behind the wheel of semi trucks and 18-wheelers delivering cargo across the country represent the third-fastest growing occupation. More goods being transported throughout the economy reflect the exponential growth in the field. The industry added 14,256 new jobs since 2010, which is a rate of 6.3 per cent.

    4. Lawyers and Quebec notaries

    The fourth job segment with the most growth includes the silver-tongued sleuths of Canada’s courtrooms. This is great news for all those undergrads on the fence about making the dive into law school. In just two years, the field has added just under 10,000 new jobs (9, 891), or a growth rate of 21 per cent.

    5. Civil engineers
    The workers responsible for designing public buildings and infrastructure round out the top five on the list. With 8,517 new jobs and a growth rate of 22 per cent, the field could always use more talented engineers.

    6. Technical sales specialists
    The salespeople who specialize in peddling scientific, agricultural and industrial goods comprise the next spot on the list. The field saw 8,134 new jobs in the last two years with a growth rate of 8.6 per cent.

    7. Information systems analysts
    The second job from the technology field entails workers who develop and implement overarching plans and improvements for information systems. And with a growth rate of 6.6 per cent and more than 8,000 new jobs, this field is expected to expand as technology evolves.

    8. Mechanical engineers
    The field of engineering that uses applied mechanics takes the eighth spot. And this occupation is electric — a growth rate of 22.3 per cent and 7,385 new jobs means engineers fresh out of school will likely have plenty of options when it comes to that dream job.

    9. Public relations and communications
    As more companies realize the importance of PR in the era of social media, jobs related to communications continue to spring up out of nowhere. The professionals that wrangle the media and assist with branding have seen a growth of 14.9 per cent and 7,337 new jobs added in the last 24 months.

    10. Registered nurses
    Surprisingly, this is the only job in the healthcare field that makes the list. Nonetheless, there’s a huge demand across the country for qualified registered nurses, considering the occupation grew 2.6 per cent and added 7,242 new jobs between 2010 and 2012.

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