Canada’s Best Jobs 2013 ranking

The top jobs in Canada.

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Overall Rank Job Growth
in # of employees (2006-2012)
Change in salary (2006-2012) Projected job openings for every person looking in 2020 Median annual salary (2012)
1 Oil & gas drilling supervisor 44% 39% 2.3 $74,880
2 Head nurse & heath-care manager 58% 24% 1.23 $74,880
3 Petroleum engineer 75% 17% 1.02 $93,517
4 Electrical & telecommunications contractor 87% 28% 1.09 $72,800
5 School principal & administrator 9% 25% 1.23 $90,002
6 Lawyer 33% 14% 1.19 $79,997
7 Real estate & financial manager 47% 15% 1.07 $79,872
8 Senior government manager 4% 23% 1.15 $95,992
9 Chemical engineer 46% 20% 0.82 $78,000
10 Aerospace engineer 49% 11% 1.02 $75,005
11 Audiologist & speech-language pathologist 29% 21% 0.93 $77,813
12 Natural & applied science researcher 73% 25% 0.8 $73,590
13 Construction manager 39% 21% 0.94 $72,800
14 Police officer 25% 21% 1.05 $72,800
15 Financial administrator 13% 22% 0.92 $79,997
16 Registered nurse 10% 24% 1.23 $72,072
17 Sales & marketing manager –4% 20% 1.15 $75,005
18 Dental hygienist 30% 12% 1.2 $69,992
19 Civil engineer 38% 13% 0.82 $76,960
20 Industrial technician 13% 28% 1.02 $74,381
21 Metal-forming contractor & supervisor 41% 32% 1.09 $65,874
22 Transportation manager 31% 17% 0.94 $72,800
23 Pipefitting contractor & supervisor 46% 19% 1.09 $66,560
24 Utilities manager 3% 17% 0.91 $100,006
25 Software engineer 34% 8% 0.77 $79,997
26 Occupational therapist 34% 21% 0.93 $72,738
27 Pharmacist 12% 21% 0.71 $95,680
28 Computer engineer 19% 14% 1.02 $75,005
29 Psychologist –9% 25% 1.04 $77,709
30 School and guidance counsellor 29% 32% 1.04 $69,326
31 Electrician 100% 22% 0.91 $69,493
32 Economic analyst (government) –15% 16% 0.96 $100,277
33 Geologist, geochemist & geophysicist 9% 34% 0.7 $89,440
34 Petroleum, gas & chemical process operator 5% 28% 1.16 $69,992
35 Health & occupation inspector 37% 15% 1.09 $66,560
36 Human-resources manager 9% 14% 0.92 $79,997
37 Mechanical engineer 33% 17% 0.82 $72,800
38 University professor 22% 19% 0.54 $81,994
39 Pilot 0% 25% 1.56 $69,846
40 Engineering manager –20% 9% 1.06 $87,131
41 Secondary school teacher 3% 24% 1.04 $74,152
42 Railway & transportation supervisor 34% 38% 1.32 $60,320
43 Mining supervisor 18% 23% 2.3 $64,480
44 College instructor 21% 12% 1.45 $66,560
45 Urban planner 26% 16% 0.91 $72,530
46 Banking & credit manager 10% 13% 1.07 $72,530
47 Health-policy researcher 124% 19% 0.8 $67,205
48 Construction inspector 42% 13% 0.91 $62,400
49 Power system operator –6% 11% 0.78 $70,720
50 Probation & parole officer 11% 13% 0.96 $71,094

Methodology

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We used Statistics Canada data on employment and wages, including jobs that had experienced employment growth between 2006 and 2012 and had a median salary of $60,000 or more and at least 5,000 employed individuals. Rankings are based on four criteria: job growth, median compensation (based on a 40-hour work week) in 2012, the change in median compensation from 2006 to 2012, and the projected demand for those jobs using data from Human Resources and Skills Development Canada. The final rank is based on a weighting of 25% to job growth, 25% to projected job demand, 40% to median wage and 10% to change in compensation. A few broad nonspecific categories were eliminated.