Best industries to find a job in Canada

With the ranks of the unemployed swelling and domestic opportunities sparse, job-seekers may need to look far afield for their next gig. I laid out some ideas, options and criteria:

  • An industry which has a stable future where jobs will be difficult to out-source or off-shore
  • An industry which is growing – the demographics indicate long term demand will grow or at least not shrink
  • An industry which is everywhere – so you could change locations but still find a job

Here I place some

CHEMICALS
Job demand factors: growing Latin American and Asian economies; need for environment-friendly product substitutes.
Growth limiting factors: trade agreements or barriers; environmental regulations; overcapacity.

CONTACTS
The Chemical Institute of Canada
#550, 130 Slater St.,
Ottawa, ON KIP 6E2 Tel. 613-232-6252 Fax: 613-232-5862
E-mail: cscxt@acadvml.uottawa.ca
Canadian Association of Chemical Distributors
#505, 700 Dorval Drive
Oakville, ON L6K 3V3 Tel. 905-844-9140
Society of the Chemical Industry – Canadian Section
c/o Praxair Canada Inc.
One City Centre Drive
Mississauga, ON L58 1M2 Tel. 905-803-1600 Fax: 905-803-1690

CONSULTANTS
Job demand factors: new technology; incompatible technology; special applications; reengineering; lack of team skills; outsourcing; growth in number of small businesses.
Job growth areas: small service or consulting companies specializing in solving problems that are common to an industry; professional and operational services better outsourced.
Skills, abilities, qualities, education needed: communications, creative problem-solving, analytical, and business-specific skills; professional training and experience in area-specific fields.
Job reduction areas: fields in which technology makes it easier to perform functions in-house – printing or publishing on a small scale, for example.
Growth limiting factors: the economy in general; the number of companies entering the business; standardizing of technology; expert systems and artificial intelligence that have built-in professional expertise.

CONTACTS
Association of Independent Consultants
#110, 2175 Sheppard Ave. East,
Willowdale, ON M2J 1W8 Tel. 416-491-3556 Fax: 416-491-1670

 HOBBIES AND CRAFTS
Job demand factors: the recession; trend toward quality and creative self-expression.
Job growth areas: craft supplies; artisans; photography; gardening supplies and design; nature stores; historical preservation and exhibition.
Growth limiting factors: increasing competition from developing countries supplying craft items.

CONTACTS
Canadian Craft and Hobby Association
4404 – 12 St. NE, PO Box 44,
Calgary AB T2E 6K9 Tel. 403-291-0559 Fax: 403-291-0675
Canadian Crafts Council
189 Laurier Avenue East
Ottawa, ON K1N 6P1 Tel. 613-235-8200 Fax: 613-235-7425

 RETAIL TRADE
Job demand factors: value for consumer’s money; wide selection; lowest price; customer service; convenience; low inflation which lowers savings levels; low interest rates which lower household mortgage payments and other debt payments.
Job growth areas: large discount stores; specialty stores offering wide selection; mail-order pharmacies; home office businesses; aging boomer fashion market; casual wear; high-tech car mechanics.
Skills, abilities, qualities, education needed: computer literacy; marketing and communications skills.
Job reduction areas: department stores; supermarkets; furniture stores; clothing stores; car dealerships.
Growth limiting factors: the economy; home shopping technology; competition; demographics; inflation; high interest rates.

CONTACTS
Retail Council of Canada
#600,210 Dundas St. West,
Toronto, ON M4G 2E8 Tel. 416-598-4684 Fax: 416-598-3707
Retail Merchants Association of Canada
1780 Birchmount Rd.,
Scarborough, ON M1P 2H8 Tel. 416-291-7903 Fax: 416-291-5635

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