|Salary Growth (2010–2016):||+32%|
|Change in Employees (2010–2016):||+9%|
The aerospace industry plays an important and high-profile role in Canada’s economy. It’s also vulnerable to disturbances both domestic and foreign, such as government policy, foreign affairs and currency fluctuations. While few of the big manufacturers are Canadian, the extensive supply chain means there’s plenty of small companies to work for. It’s also an engineering field where further specialization is commonplace.
First, pick your engineering degree: aerospace, mechanical, or something related. In some cases you’ll even need a master’s degree or PhD. After that, you’ll need to attain licensing by a provincial or territorial association of professional engineers. To be registered as an engineer, you’ll also need three or four years of supervised work, and pass a practical exam.
The median salary for this job is currently $90,000, with an extraordinary growth in wages of 32% over the past five years.
At the less senior levels, there’s plenty of mobility to be found between engineering specializations. But to move up to supervisor ranks, you’ll need several years of focused experience.