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Working Wise - Planning Your Career Using Labour Market Demand Statistics

Dear Working Wise,

What careers will be in the highest demand in the future? I’m trying to decide on a career and a school, but I want a job that pays well when I’m done. Do you have any advice?
Signed, Searching Student

December 7, 2016

Dear Searching,

It’s difficult to say for sure what the future holds, but the Government of Alberta just released a report that you might find helpful.

The Occupational Demand and Supply Outlook 2015-2025 forecasts the anticipated demand for workers for the next 10 years. More importantly, it reveals expected labour shortages and surpluses by comparing the forecasted demand to the predicted supply of workers. The Government of Alberta produces the 10-year outlook to focus training dollars in strategic areas to minimize labour and skill shortages.

According to the latest outlook, 401,000 new jobs are expected to be added in Alberta over the coming decade, while only 352,000 new workers will join our workforce—leaving us a shortage of approximately 49,000 workers by 2025.

These new job opportunities are not be limited to entry-level, low-paying, or part-time positions either. Some of the biggest shortages are expected in the health-care, construction, retail, operations/maintenance and energy sectors.

The following are a few of the occupations with a forecasted labour shortage of more than 1,000 workers by 2025:

  • Construction/Transportation Managers
  • Computer/Information Systems Professionals
  • Nurse Supervisors/Registered Nurses
  • Medical Technologists/Technicians
  • Sales and Service Supervisors
  • Childcare/Home Care Support Workers
  • Motor Vehicle/Transit Drivers
  • Agriculture/Horticulture/Aquaculture Contractors/Operators/Supervisors

You can read the complete list of results for nearly 300 occupations in Appendix D of the Occupational Demand and Supply Outlook 2015-2025.

Employers may find the forecast helpful in planning their staff attraction and retention strategies. Students and young Albertans may also find the outlook helpful while they are researching potential careers.

You can learn more about any occupation that interests you by checking out the more than 500 profiles on OCCInfo. The types of information in these occupational profiles include working conditions, typical salaries, and required education/training.

There are also more than 100 occupational videos that provide overviews and interviews with people who work in some to these occupations.

Good luck!

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Working Wise is a syndicated newspaper column prepared by the Government of Alberta to answer work-related questions from Albertans. Do you have a work-related question? You can send it to Charles Strachey (charles.strachey@gov.ab.ca), a manager with Alberta Community and Social Services.

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