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Industry Profiles

This section explores the various industries that make up Alberta's economy. Each industry profile contains information about the industry's sectors, jobs and workforce. Also, each profile provides forecasts, analysis of recent performance, a snapshot of related wages and a look at employment trends.

Trends Affecting Alberta's Economy

No economy can operate in isolation. Alberta's economy is influenced by events, fluctuations in commodity prices, economic decisions from around the world and more. Seek additional sources of information when making plans for your career, education or business.

Occupations in Demand

Want to know what jobs Alberta employers will need to fill over the next few years? Researchers keep an eye on the labour market and put together lists of careers in demand. Take a look and see if one of these occupations might work for you.

Accommodation and Food Services

The accommodation and food services industry covers the essentials when people are away from home, offering a place to sleep and something to eat or drink. Accommodations can range from small-town campgrounds to hotels and large-scale resorts, while food services include the morning's drive-through coffee as well as an evening meal at a favourite restaurant. In 2015, ...

Avg. Wage
$15.58
Employed
153,500
Employment Trends
+1.3% from 2015 to 2019

Agriculture

Family farms, cattle ranches, trapping, hunting and fishing businesses, as well as beekeeping and ornamental-flower production operations are all part of Alberta's agriculture industry. These enterprises cover about 50.5 million acres, or about a third of the province, ...

Avg. Wage
$19.51
Employed
62,800
Employment Trends
-0.1% from 2016 to 2019

Business, Building and Other Support Services

This industry helps businesses run smoothly. Part of the industry's makeup involves management, whether it's managing other companies or owning all or part of another company. Administration makes up the rest of this industry, and it includes services such as security, window cleaning, and temporary help. In some cases, these services are also provided to households.

Avg. Wage
$24.14
Employed
82,300
Employment Trends
+0.6% from 2016 to 2019

Construction

Whether it's homes and workplaces or the roads to reach them, the construction industry builds them. Construction workers erect complex petrochemical plants, rebuild cities and towns affected by floods or other natural disasters, or renovate a single bathroom. In Albert...

Avg. Wage
$32.13
Employed
259,900
Employment Trends
-0.4% from 2016 to 2019

Educational Services

In Alberta, if you want to learn to read a book, drive a car, ski the Rockies or become a doctor, you'll need to access the educational services industry. In 2016, the province had 2,388 public, private, separate, charter, and other K-12 schools, as well as dozens of post-secondary institutions. In 2014, 63.0% of Albertans aged 25-64 had a post-secondary education, be...

Avg. Wage
$33.20
Employed
138,000
Employment Trends
+2.5% from 2015 to 2019

Finance, Insurance, Real Estate and Leasing

From that first bank account where a child can stash a week's allowance, to a multimillion-dollar merger involving large corporations, the finance, insurance, real estate and leasing industry handles the money. It's where Albertans go to buy, save, borrow, invest, and i...

Avg. Wage
$29.47
Employed
103,500
Employment Trends
+2.5% from 2015 to 2019

Forestry and Logging With Support Activities

At 38 million hectares, Alberta's forests cover a land mass equal to the size of Japan. The provincial government allows an annual harvest of more than 30 million cubic metres of timber. Because harvesting is balanced with reforestation, in 2015, forestry industry workers planted 65 million seedlings. Products of the forestry and logging industry range from building s...

Avg. Wage
$40.81
Employed
3,600
Employment Trends
+5.4% from 2016 to 2019

Health Care and Social Assistance

Caring for the complex needs of a population's health and well-being calls for many services. That's why the health care and social assistance industry consistently ranks among the top three industries for employment in Alberta. From public health nurses and social work...

Avg. Wage
$29.89
Employed
264,100
Employment Trends
+3.0% from 2015 to 2019

Information, Culture and Recreation

When a familiar Alberta landscape flashes past in a Hollywood movie, score another point for the information, culture and recreation industry. Besides filmmaking, the industry also includes zoos, casinos, newspapers, telecommunications, theatre festivals, and professional and amateur sports. In 2014, 81% of Albertans attended or participated in an arts event or activi...

Avg. Wage
$24.70
Employed
74,900
Employment Trends
+1.7% from 2015 to 2019

Manufacturing

Companies that take one or more products and create new products from them are part of the manufacturing industry. These companies may be smelting ore into iron or using that iron to create machinery. Manufacturers refine petroleum, process beets into sugar, or make dog...

Avg. Wage
$29.38
Employed
139,900
Employment Trends
+1.1% from 2016 to 2019

Mining and Oil and Gas Extraction

Energy is a key driver of Alberta's economy. The province's oil sands are the third largest proven crude oil reserve in the world, after Saudi Arabia and Venezuela. Only about 3.4% of these oil sands can be mined. The remaining reserves are too deep and must be extracted by other methods. In 2014, the province also produced 33.8 million tonnes of raw coal-enough to fi...

Avg. Wage
$40.81
Employed
155,300
Employment Trends
+1.1% from 2016 to 2019

Professional, Scientific and Technical Services

Legal contracts, complicated tax returns, energy research, and nanotechnology development are all part of the professional, scientific and technical services industry. Relying less on equipment and materials and more on the skills and knowledge of its workers, this indu...

Avg. Wage
$36.67
Employed
173,200
Employment Trends
+2.3% from 2016 to 2019

Public Administration

From health inspector and firefighter to policy maker and police officer, employees in the public administration industry work in federal, provincial, and municipal government agencies that look after public programs.

Avg. Wage
$36.64
Employed
94,400
Employment Trends
+0.1% from 2016 to 2019

Retail Trade

The retail trade industry allows the general public to purchase its goods from either in-store or non-store retailers. In-store retailers sell everything under their roofs, from groceries to the latest motor homes. Non-store retailers sell their products through vending...

Avg. Wage
$22.26
Employed
229,300
Employment Trends
+0.4% from 2015 to 2019

Transportation and Warehousing

Alberta's transportation and warehousing industry stores and moves the goods that Albertans produce. In 2015, it exported goods worth $92.3 billion from the province. Energy products, shipped by pipeline and rail, accounted for most of the exports, followed by agricultural goods and processed food and beverages. The industry also moves people. In 2015, the Calgary and...

Avg. Wage
$29.31
Employed
139,300
Employment Trends
+0.3% from 2016 to 2019

Utilities

The utilities industry looks after what comes out of your taps, goes down your drain, or passes through your power and gas lines-namely, the delivery of water, power, and gas, and the disposal of sewage. As of August 2015, Alberta had 26,000 kilometres of transmission l...

Avg. Wage
$42.70
Employed
20,200
Employment Trends
+1.2% from 2016 to 2019

Wholesale Trade

Wholesale merchants bridge the gap between manufacturers and retailers. They buy large quantities of goods and distribute them to retailers, businesses, and institutions. These merchants normally operate from a warehouse or office and rarely look for walk-in traffic.

Avg. Wage
$22.26
Employed
89,500
Employment Trends
+1.5% from 2016 to 2019

Other Services

When Albertans need something fixed, improved or looked after, they turn to the industry called "other services." The services in this industry can range from the tailor down the street to the social advocacy group with its head office in Edmonton. Barbers, car mechanic...

Avg. Wage
$25.11
Employed
117,500
Employment Trends
+1.3% from 2015 to 2019
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