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1. Mining & Forestry Manager
Median Salary: $108,804.80
Change in Salary (2008–2014): +25%
Total Employees: 10,700
Change in Employees (2008–2014): +37%
This class of managers in natural resources—also known as primary production managers—make Canada’s resource economy run. They lead production facilities like oil wells, mines and fisheries, and are responsible for a wide variety of duties, from ensuring production targets are met to quality control to health and safety. Tasked with operating extremely complicated equipment and leading dozens, if not hundreds, of front-line resource workers, this job requires deep technical knowledge along with the soft skills necessary to manage people in what can be unforgiving or even dangerous locales.