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Research Your Occupation in Canada

The Canada job bank is an essential tool to research your profession or trade in Canada. And when you conduct research before you arrive, you’ll be assured that you can resume your career in Canada. With the right information, you can confirm that there is a strong job market for your:

  • profession
  • skillset
  • education, and
  • experience.

With this in mind, discover how to use the Canada job bank to continue the career you love in Canada!

Researching Your Profession is Essential

Moving to a new country is a major life decision. While it can be a thrilling and exciting time, you may also feel uncertain and wondering:

  • Will I find a job in my field?
  • Will I make a good living?
  • What locations are best for my profession?

These are key questions that you need to research. The answers that you find will help you determine how and where you can successfully continue your career in Canada. 

Because the labour market in Canada varies, you need to know that your job skills align with the labour market needs. For example, locating in the Atlantic region of Canada when you have experience in the oil and gas sector wouldn’t be wise. Instead, you would want to consider Alberta where there is a strong oil and gas sector. Ideally, you want to identify the provinces and cities that have a demand for your profession, skills, and experience.

Fortunately, the Canada job bank can provide you with the information you need to make your important career decisions.

What is the Canada Job Bank?

The Canada job bank is a useful tool to conduct research related to your profession or trade in Canada. This portal provides vital labour market information that allows you to: 

  • Research market trends for occupations, wages, and job prospects
  • Learn about different occupations using the National Occupational Classification (NOC) code
  • Access career planning tools
  • Browse jobs in Canada 
  • Identify what skills and experience Canadian employers want.

Canada job bank is a free resource that the Canadian government manages in partnership with provinces and territories. You’ll discover that both the website and mobile app are simple to use, convenient, and provide information that you can trust.

The trend analysis section of the Canada job bank s filled with useful information about job prospects all across Canada. You can also find a 10-year analysis for your occupation. So if you’re researching the Canadian job market, this is a helpful resource to learn about your occupation. And with this information, you can:

  • Identify the job prospects for your industry (good, fair, limited, undetermined)
  • Assess how your occupation is performing throughout Canada
  • Identify growth at the provincial and community (city) level
  • Compare how much you can make in different parts of Canada.

Questions to Consider:

When researching the trends, consider these questions:

  • Is the outlook strong for my occupation?
  • What changes are happening that will impact my career decisions?
  • Are there growth areas?
  • Which provinces have the greatest job prospects?
  • What cities have the greatest job prospects?
  • Considering the trends, what skills, knowledge and experience are in high demand?
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Using Canada Job Bank Wage Information

Another section of the Canada Job Bank that is useful is the information you can find about wages. You can find the average wages per hour for your occupation including the:

  • National median wage in Canada 
  • Provincial wages per hour ranging from low, median, and high 
  • Community/area wages (i.e city level).
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Consider cost of living versus salary

This information can help you identify what you can expect to earn in Canada. For example, some sectors such as technology generate strong incomes. It’s a high-wage sector that also attracts highly skilled immigrants. However, when you consider average wages it’s also important to consider the cost of living and housing affordability versus salaries.

For example, British Columbia has a strong technology sector. And while technology wages are high, so too is the cost of living and housing in Vancouver, BC. So when choosing a city to locate it’s helpful to consider the cost of living versus average wages. Or, you may want to explore job prospects in a small or medium-sized city. Because while the average wages may be lower, you’ll likely discover that it’s also more affordable than a larger city such as Vancouver or Toronto. Our Rentals for Newcomers site is a practical and easy-to-navigate site to help you find housing and make an easier transition to life in Canada! And you can even determine the average cost of renting in each city. This is helpful since rental prices change often.

Questions to Consider

  • How do wages compare across Canada for my occupation? 
  • What are the job prospects?
  • What is the cost of living versus salary in the region that I want to locate?

Using the Job Search Tool

With more than 80,000 jobs listed on the job bank, you can browse jobs based on: 

  • Job title 
  • Job category (management, finance, health, sales and service, and more)
  • Location (province and city)
  • In-demand jobs 
  • Employment groups including newcomers to Canada.

The Canada job bank search tool is quite helpful if you are currently located in Canada and ready to work. This is because employers want to fill vacant jobs as quickly as possible. So, if you’re still in your home country, this will not be convenient for a company looking to hire quickly. Also, most employers will ask if you are authorized to work in Canada before they consider your job application. You can only work in Canada if you:

  • Have a work permit visa
  • Are a permanent resident of Canada
  • Are a Canadian citizen.

However, the Canada job bank search tool can give you an idea of the types of jobs available, job duties, and requirements including:   

  • Language 
  • Education (University, College, job-specific training)
  • Experience

This information can help you assess if you have the skills that employers require.

You can also browse other online job boards and read the job postings for your profession. Make a note of the types of skills and experiences that Canadian employers seek. Assess whether or not you possess similar skills and experience. If you have any skills gaps, make a plan to close or narrow the gap if possible.

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Determine what skills, knowledge, and education you require to work in Canada

Questions to Consider When Using the Job Bank Search Tool

  • Do I have the skills and experience that Canadian employers are seeking?
  • What skill gaps do I have? How can I close the gaps? (ie; more training, licensing, etc)

Researching the Canadian job market is an essential first step to ensuring that there is a strong job market for your profession, skillset, education, and experience. A good place to start is with the job bank to ensure you can build your career in Canada!

For more information, tools, webinars, and more visit our finding a job in Canada resource page. Get the help you need to achieve your career goals in Canada!