7 future-proof jobs (that can pay more than $80,000)
We’ve recently looked at where you can make the most money in Canada; and some of the companies currently hiring. But what kinds of jobs are most in demand? And most importantly, which of these jobs is going to continue being in demand for the foreseeable future?
Before we dive in, it’s important to understand how the job market is changing. With the rise of automation, employers may soon put more value in things like creativity, emotional intelligence, and a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) background.
It’s not difficult to see why. Robotic and automated systems may struggle with expressive fields (like writing, art, and design) and human interaction, especially if it involves understanding and empathy (like teaching and healthcare). And, you would think, these robots will require engineers, technicians, and managers (at least until our new droid overlords enslave us).
So, without further ado, here are Canada’s seven most in-demand, future-proof jobs that can pay more than $80,000.
Salary range: $44,866 – $84,335
This has been one of the most in-demand jobs in Canada for the better part of a year, and with an aging population (and a soon to be unprecedented number of retirees), this is set to continue for many more years. But don’t just take our word for it; according to the Canadian Occupational Projection System (COPS), there may be as many as 25,000 new job openings for nurses in the next six years. Find a nursing job now.
Salary range: $63,798 – $114,285
Demographic shifts in the Canadian population will also have an impact on the pharmaceutical job market. According to COPS, there are more than 11,300 new pharmacist job openings expected to open up by 2024. Case in point: there are currently more than 1800 pharmacist jobs on Workopolis. Find a pharmacist job now.
Salary range: $48,840 – $153,971
With more attention paid to mental health issues and wellness over the last few years, it’s probably not a surprise that psychologist jobs are some of the most in-demand in Canada – and it will stay that way. According to COPS, the psychology field is expected to face a labour shortage between now and 2024, with as many as 1,200 jobs to fill. See psychologist jobs on Workopolis.
Salary range: $31,094 – $93,777
If healthcare sounds enticing, but you’re put off by the schooling involved, fear not. You can still work as a physician’s assistant. While this is often more of an entry-level position, it can also be a fulfilling and well-paying career path. In fact, in the US, this career has seen a 40 per cent wage growth over the last five years. Find a physician assistant job now.
Human resource manager
Salary range: $46,388 – $97,768
When the word “human” is in your job title, you just might be safe when it comes to something like robot invasions. Yes, data science and automation are having a significant impact on HR tasks, (like candidate screening). But when it comes to job interviews and conflict resolution, emotional intelligence is still king. This is reflected in the government’s job market projections. According to COPS, there will be as many as 1,400 HR jobs to fill over the next six years in Canada. Find a job in human resources.
Salary range: $49,427 – $100,027
Does this one really need an explanation? With continued growth in the computer, telecommunications, and mobile tech sectors, software engineers and designers will be in hot demand. COPS backs this up, stating that new job openings over the next six years will total 18,600. The thing is, this is also a much more competitive job sector, with 18,200 new job seekers (including graduates and immigrants) expected to be available to fill them. See software engineer jobs now.
Salary range: $34,674 – $83,099
Have you got what it takes to work in sales? If you do, a potentially lucrative career awaits – especially if you’re interested in online sales. Careers in that sales segment have seen more than a 40 per cent wage growth in the US over the last five years. Find a job as a sales representative.
Marketing communications manager
Salary range: $40,336 – $88,377
As we mentioned, robots might not be great at understanding human emotions, which makes them lousy marketers (and communicators). This lack of humanity is good news for anyone making a living with words or images – and not just because of the availability of jobs. According to Payscale, earnings for marketing professionals grew 37.4 per cent over the course of the last decade. See marketing and communications jobs.