Canada’s Best Jobs 2016: The Top 100

Our annual guide to the biggest salaries, hottest opportunities and fastest-growing fields in Canada’s job market

UPDATED! Click here for 2017’s ranking of Canada’s Best Jobs » Canada’s Best Jobs 2016: The Top Jobs in Canada

This is our definitive ranking of Canada’s Best Jobs for 2016. In the table below, tap or click the column headers to re-sort the list depending on what you’re looking for: Looking for the jobs with the biggest salaries? Sort by current median salary. Looking for fields showing strong demand for talent? Sort by wage growth over the last five years—growing salaries often means qualified employees are in short supply. Looking for fields where there’s lots of opportunity? Sort by growth in the number of employees over the last five years—these are the fields that have been on hiring sprees (but remember—that may not mean they’ll continue that streak).

Finding the ideal job for you, of course, is about more than just salary. It’s a complex mix of where you are, your qualifications, your personal interests and ambitions and who’s hiring now. That’s why we include links to the job-search site Indeed so you can see what each field’s real job postings look like right now. Finally, we’ve compiled more detailed information on each of Canada’s Top 25 Jobs. Tap or click any of the top 25 job titles to read more.

* Demand Outlook is the estimated demand for employees in that category by 2021:
 = more than 1 job per job seeker
 = about 1 job per job seeker
 = less than 1 job per job seeker

Rank Job Title Median Salary Wage Growth 5-year employee growth Outlook * Job listings by Indeed
1Mining or Forestry Manager$104,00019%44%Search Mining & Forestry Manager job listings
2Urban Planner$85,01015%30%Search Urban Planner job listings
3Pharmacist$99,8409%38%Search Pharmacist job listings
4Pilot or Flying Instructor$79,99728%5%Search Pilots & Flying Instructors job listings
5Public Administration Director$101,92023%6%Search Public Administration Director job listings
6Construction Manager$79,99715%26%Search Construction Manager job listings
7Software Engineer$88,00517%60%Search Software Engineer job listings
8Oil & Gas Well Operator$72,80017%47%Search Oil & Gas Well Operator job listings
9Financial Manager$97,07421%17%Search Real Estate & Financial Manager job listings
10Engineering Manager$100,00610%17%Search Engineering Manager job listings
11Telecommunications Manager$84,44814%-3%Search Telecommunication Manager job listings
12Oil & Gas Drilling Supervisor$79,99714%19%Search Oil & Gas Drilling Supervisor job listings
13Petroleum or Chemical Engineers$104,99816%-22%Search Petroleum & Chemical Engineer job listings
14Specialized Engineer$81,0586%94%Search Specialized Engineer job listings
15Economic Development Director$105,14410%-12%Search Economic Development Director job listings
16Police Officer$81,59817%-9%Search Police Officer job listings
17Aerospace Engineer$79,99716%24%Search Aerospace Engineer job listings
18Lawyer$87,61010%22%Search Lawyer job listings
19Health & Community Service Manager$104,5419%-10%Search Health & Community Service Manager job listings
20Scientific Research Manager$90,0024%42%Search Scientific Research Manager job listings
21Nurse Practitioner$74,88013%-21%Search Nurse Practitioner job listings
22Occupational Therapist$78,39518%32%Search Occupational Therapist job listings
23Corporate Sales Manager$79,99728%-23%Search Corporate Sales Manager job listings
24Electronics Engineer$87,00616%4%Search Electronics Engineer job listings
25Purchasing Manager$83,42915%-9%Search Purchasing Manager job listings
26Information Systems Analyst$77,87511%23%Search Information Systems Analyst job listings
27Health & Occupation Inspector$72,8009%22%Search Health & Occupation Inspector job listings
28Audiologist & Speech-Language Pathologist$83,2009%27%Search Audiologists & Speech-Language Pathologist job listings
29Statistician or Actuary$83,20025%36%Search Statistician & Actuaries job listings
30Utilities Manager$100,00611%-17%Search Utilities Manager job listings
31Industrial Technician$74,88013%40%Search Industrial Technician job listings
32Avionics Assembler/Inspector$64,48029%18%Search Avionics Assemblers/Inspectors job listings
33Education Policy Resarcher$76,56519%14%Search Education Policy Resarchers/Consultants job listings
34Firefighter$74,27712%13%Search Firefighter job listings
35Banking & Credit Manager$87,46425%-21%Search Banking & Credit Manager job listings
36Chemical Engineer$84,98918%6%Search Chemical Engineer job listings
37University Professor$87,27721%1%Search University Professor job listings
38Senior Industrial Manager$106,66216%-38%Search Senior Industrial Manager job listings
39Human Resources Manager$83,2008%21%Search Human Resources Manager job listings
40School Principal & Administator$94,99411%0%Search School Principal & Administator job listings
41Post-Secondary School Administrator$94,28618%-24%Search Post-Secondary School Administrator job listings
42Industrial Electrician$68,64010%30%Search Industrial Electrician job listings
43Mining & Quarrying Supervisor$68,2249%40%Search Mining & Quarrying Supervisor job listings
44Computer Engineer$79,997-4%34%Search Computer Engineer job listings
45Manufacturing Manager$79,99710%-10%Search Manufacturing Manager job listings
46Economist & Policy Researcher$84,24013%-23%Search Economist & Policy Researcher job listings
47Mapping Technician$66,29027%34%Search Mapping Technician job listings
48Registered Nurse$74,8806%14%Search Registered Nurse job listings
49Computer Systems Manager$95,99215%19%Search Computer Systems Manager job listings
50Business Administrative Officer$79,99715%23%Search Business Administrative Officer job listings
51Senior Business Manager$95,99215%-30%Search Senior Business Manager job listings
52Financial Manager$85,01018%-11%Search Financial Manager job listings
53Psychologist$79,99710%-3%Search Psychologist job listings
54Locomotive Engineer$72,80024%2%Search Locomotive Engineer job listings
55College Instructor$71,76014%13%Search College Instructor job listings
56Carpentry Supervisor$64,00218%119%Search Carpentry Supervisor job listings
57Social Policy Researcher$72,1554%20%Search Social Policy Researcher job listings
58Health Care Manager$89,44012%-4%Search Health Care Manager job listings
59Executive Director, Health Services$90,39721%-28%Search Executive Director, Health Services o Professional Assocation job listings
60Electrical & Telecommunications Contractor$74,88011%2%Search Electrical & Telecommunications Contractor job listings
61Marketing & Public Relations Manager$79,99718%-23%Search Marketing & Public Relations Manager job listings
62Head Nurse & Medical Supervisor$79,0409%25%Search Head Nurse & Medical Supervisor job listings
63Government Program Officer$81,05810%-18%Search Government Program Officer job listings
64Metal Forming Supervisor$69,16011%14%Search Metal Forming Supervisor job listings
65Civil Engineer$80,08011%19%Search Civil Engineer job listings
66Mechanical Engineer$79,04018%4%Search Mechanical Engineer job listings
67Business Development Officer$65,33317%59%Search Business Development Officer job listings
68Facility Manager$72,01027%-9%Search Facility Manager job listings
69Architect$69,99216%-2%Search Architect job listings
70Secondary School Teacher$78,85313%-11%Search Secondary School Teacher job listings
71Heavy Construction Equipment Supervisor$64,48014%27%Search Heavy Construction Equipment Supervisor job listings
72Elementary School & Kindergarten Teacher$74,27714%-3%Search Elementary School & Kindergarten Teacher job listings
73Business Services Manager$75,19221%-27%Search Business Services Manager job listings
74Elevator Mechanic$72,176-2%20%Search Elevator Mechanic job listings
75Probation & Parole Officer$75,1309%16%Search Probation & Parole Officer job listings
76Geologist, Geochemist & Geophysicist$65,52021%11%Search Geologist, Geochemist & Geophysicist job listings
77Bricklayer$62,40028%16%Search Bricklayer job listings
78Social, Community & Correctional Services Manager$68,26611%19%Search Social, Community & Correctional Services Manager job listings
79Pipefitter & Sprinkler Installer$70,72017%11%Search Pipefitter & Sprinkler Installer job listings
80Senior Government Manager$94,5368%-38%Search Senior Government Manager job listings
81Industrial Engineer$74,6727%-3%Search Industrial Engineer job listings
82Construction Trades Supervisor$64,00210%22%Search Construction Trades Supervisor job listings
83Construction Inspector$64,0023%50%Search Construction Inspector job listings
84Physiotherapist$74,8806%11%Search Physiotherapist job listings
85Financial Analyst$71,46913%39%Search Financial Analyst job listings
86Biologist$72,01010%14%Search Biologist job listings
87Computer Network Technician$64,00211%50%Search Computer Network Technician job listings
88Construction Estimator$62,40014%10%Search Construction Estimator job listings
89Power Line & Cable Worker$72,07211%-14%Search Power Line & Cable Worker job listings
90Chemical Processing Supervisor$65,0008%25%Search Chemical Processing Supervisor job listings
91Statistical Officer$69,3268%68%Search Statistical Officer job listings
92Account Executive & Consultant$68,6409%16%Search Account Executive & Consultant job listings
93Land Surveyor$66,5607%-1%Search Land Surveyor job listings
94Mechanical Trades Supervisor$64,48011%23%Search Mechanical Trades Supervisor job listings
95Auto Assembly Supervisor$61,54716%31%Search Auto Assembly Supervisor job listings
96Power Plant Operator$67,6008%2%Search Power Plant Operator job listings
97By-Law Enforcement Officer$61,52618%36%Search By-Law Enforcement Officer job listings
98Social Worker$67,39212%10%Search Social Worker job listings
99Educational Counsellor$69,1188%6%Search Educational Counsellor job listings
100Forestry Professional$65,0000%46%Search Forestry Professional job listings

* Demand Outlook is the estimated demand for employees in that category by 2021:
 = more than 1 job per job seeker
 = about 1 job per job seeker
 = less than 1 job per job seeker

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