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What Are the Top Jobs in Ontario Right Now?

When it comes to the job search, different job seekers are looking for different things. Some are looking for jobs with growth potential, while others prioritize salary. Some are simply looking at their options in terms of availability.

Hoping to shed some light on these questions for job seekers, a new report from CareerBuilder and Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI) takes a closer look at the current labour market in Ontario.

“Ontario has enjoyed healthy job growth in the past few months, and businesses in the area are showing increased confidence,” says Mark Bania, managing director of Canada. “For local job seekers making important decisions about their future, it is important to be aware of such factors as the number of jobs available, where the jobs are headed in terms of growth, and what pay is like.”

The report highlights provincial job growth over a five-year period, jobs with the highest median pay in the area, provincial occupations with the most jobs available now, and occupations with the highest concentrations in Ontario.

Biggest Job Growth in Ontario:

The following occupations are among those projected to add the highest number of jobs from 2015 – 2020.

Occupation Jobs Added (2015-2020) Jobs 2015 Jobs 2020 Median Hourly Earnings
Secondary and elementary school teachers and educational counsellors, n.e.c. 9,666 90.908 100,574 $38.00
Food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related occupations 7,690 138,826 146,516 $10.25
Administrative officers 6,176 94,581 100,757 $21.63
Retail sales persons and sales clerks 5,996 213,893 219,889 $11.32
Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates 5,406 89,068 94,474 $19.00

Highest Paying Jobs in Ontario:

The following jobs are among the highest paying jobs in Ontario with positive projected growth in the province from 2015 – 2020.

Occupation Median Hourly Earnings 2015 Jobs 2020 Jobs % Growth 2015-2020
Commissioned police officers $64.43 1,102 1,187 8%
Senior managers – health, education, social and community services and membership organizations $52.89 4,823 5,431 13%
Fire chiefs and senior firefighting officers $48.50 1,202 1,319 10%
School principals and administrators of elementary and secondary education $48.09 13,399 13,978 4%
Computer and information systems managers $46.87 33,401 36,357 9%
Pharmacists $46.00 9,123 9,713 6%

Occupations with the Most Jobs:

The following occupations are among those with the highest number of jobs in Ontario and positive projected growth from 2015 – 2020.

Occupation 2015 Jobs 2020 Jobs % Growth (2015-2020) Median Hourly Earnings
Retail salespersons and sales clerks 213,893 219,889 3% $11.32
Food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related occupations 138,826 146,516 6% $10.25
Cashiers 137,780 142,659 4% $10.25
Registered nurses 107,387 112,156 4% $36.00
Administrative clerks 95,468 98,550 3% $20.88


Jobs with the Highest Concentrations in Ontario:

The following occupations are among those with higher concentrations in Ontario than other regions of the country (as indicated by their location quotients*) and show positive projected growth from 2015 – 2020. 

Occupation Location Quotient 2015 Jobs 2020 Jobs % Growth (2015-2020) Median Hourly Earnings
Motor vehicle assemblers, inspectors and testers 2.51 32,074 34,104 6% $30.00
Supervisors, motor vehicle assembling 2.27 7,065 7,274 3% $29.02
Cardiology technologists 1.64 1,371 1,521 11% $27.00
Editors 1.55 7,930 8,204 3% $25.63
Professional occupations in business services to management 1.45 37,389 40,921 9% $33.33

 *Location quotient (LQ) is a way of quantifying how concentrated a particular industry, cluster, occupation, or demographic group is in a region as compared to the nation. It can reveal what makes a particular region “unique” in comparison to the national average.

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