Alberta’s top jobs
Despite rampant layoffs across Alberta, some jobs are still in demand in the province
by Elizabeth Hames
It may seem like an inopportune time to be talking about skilled labour shortages. After all, Albertans lost 20,000 jobs last year, many of them highly skilled. But most of those layoffs affected the oil and gas industry, or industries closely linked to it, such as manufacturing and construction. And while Alberta’s most celebrated revenue generator may be in decline, not every sector is suffering. Some actually gained jobs last year, and the provincial government has identified a handful of jobs that will be in high demand over the next three years. The province estimates the workforce will gain 407,000 new jobs by 2023, but just 311,000 will join the workforce.
The construction and manufacturing sectors may be in decline, but some sectors are still in need of skilled tradespeople. The utilities sector, for example, grew its workforce by 11.17 per cent in March over a year previous, and the Alberta government says electrical power line and cable workers will be in high demand over the next few years. Other high-demand trades are plasterers, drywall installers and finishers, lathers, glaziers, tile-setters, carpenters and mechanics.
Financial Services and Real Estate
The finance, insurance, real estate, rental and leasing sectors also showed strong growth in March, growing its workforce by nearly 9 per cent over March 2015.