When a new job is needed, the most common occupation in Canada isn’t construction or the arts, it’s a lumberjack
A new survey has found Canadians want to see their own jobs get a boost, and one of the top occupations they’d like to see get a makeover is a lumberjacker.
A survey of 1,500 people conducted by Deloitte Canada found a growing number of people are willing to do things a bit differently to keep their jobs.
They want to work in the outdoors.
And they want to get out of the office.
But what jobs can they find that offer the right mix of jobs, both in terms of job security and income?
The top four jobs for people looking to make a living are:architect,teacher,computer technician andcomputer programmer.
A third are:medical lab technician,sheriff,motor vehicle operator andcomputer network engineer.
“A lot of the jobs are more in-demand than people think, particularly the construction industry,” said Dan Koehler, president of Deloise Canada, which conducted the survey.
“If you look at the job market, it just isn’t filled.”
The survey found that people are looking for jobs that give them an income, something they can rely on for the rest of their lives.
Koehler said the number of Canadians who say they’re willing to work outside their normal job is higher than any time in recent memory.
“In the past 10 years, we’ve had a tremendous increase in the number that have a full-time job,” he said.
“So, there is a sense of urgency about how do we make sure we’re paying the right wages.”
Some of the occupations that are considered a bit more in demand are:electrical engineer,computer programmer,computer system technician andelectrical contractor.
The survey also found that Canadians are more interested in paying higher salaries for jobs in the construction and electronics industries than they are for other occupations.
More than half of people surveyed said they would pay at least $100,000 for a full time job in the electrical engineering field, compared to a mere 28 per cent who would pay less.
People are also more interested than ever in working at the edge of their comfort zone.
“When I first got into this field, there were only two types of people working at this level,” said Daniel Gudrich, a retired electrical engineer from the province of Ontario.
“The ones who knew how to build things and the ones who didn’t.”
Gudrich is now a consultant at a firm that designs and builds power grid systems.
He says his experience working with engineers in the field has helped him understand the importance of being able to do the right thing.
“There are things that you have to do and things that people can’t do.
So, that’s where I find that I’m a little more comfortable, I’m more comfortable with doing the right things,” he added.”
It’s a lot of people that feel like they have to have a certain level of confidence and that’s why you have engineers, because that’s the thing that allows you to do it safely.”
Koehl says he thinks there’s a bigger picture here.
“It is just a very interesting time to be in this industry, and there’s really a big market out there,” he noted.