best manufacturing jobs in 2018

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where manufacturing jobs in canada are headed

Manufacturing is the backbone of the Canadian economy. When the manufacturing sector does well, other industries follow. Last year was a good year for the manufacturing sector, which rebounded after a poor 2016. However, manufacturers are facing one dilemma in 2018: as the Boomer generation settles into retirement, they are unable to replace skilled trade workers fast enough. Finding young talent interested in the skilled trades will be a challenge the industry must address over the next few years. Today’s manufacturing jobs are very different from only a handful of years ago. As menial tasks become automated, employers are shifting away from general labour and towards skilled tradespeople. Skills like welding, milling and knowledge of CNC machining are all in demand, and currently facing labour shortages.

 

the best manufacturing jobs of 2018

In 2018, welder bumps production supervisor down one spot, to become the most in demand manufacturing job in Canada. For the most part, the list of best jobs in the manufacturing sector is the same as in 2017. Both general machinists and CNC machinists continue to be in demand, as do various labourer roles related to manufacturing.

 

growth in manufacturing jobs in canada

There are currently over 1.1 million people employed in the manufacturing sector in Canada. Canada's manufacturing sector had a strong year, last year, bouncing back from poor performance in 2016. In the last year, the manufacturing sector added 12,600 jobs, more than any other single sector in Canada. The new jobs weren't concentrated in any one area, with gains happening all over the country. Only Calgary saw a slight decrease in the number of jobs, likely due poor performance in the oil and gas sector.

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manufacturing salaries in canada

The median annual salary in the manufacturing industry grew modestly to $36,700, up from $36,000 in 2017. It's a small gain, but a gain nonetheless. The bottom 10% of earners in the manufacturing sector make $28,600 or less, while the top 10% of earners make $44,800 or more.

salaries across canada

  • average manufacturing salary in toronto

    $30,200 to $50,300

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  • average manufacturing salary in vancouver

    $30,950 to $52,900

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  • average manufacturing salary in montreal

    $27,400 to $40,650

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  • average manufacturing salary in calgary

    $32,450 to $58,100

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  • average manufacturing salary in edmonton

    $33,300 to $61,050

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  • average manufacturing salary in ottawa

    $30,950 to $52,900

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  • average manufacturing salary in quebec city

    $26,500 to $37,450

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  • average manufacturing salary in halifax

    $35,200 to $67,600

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the best manufacturing skills in 2018

The number one skill in the manufacturing sector in 2018 is a new one: blueprints. The ability to read and create blueprints is in high demand. Mainstays on the list of best manufacturing skills include quality control, the ability to drive a forklift, and computer numerical controls. Other new skills on the 2018 list include knowledge of skilled trade equipment like welding and milling tools. Master these skills, and your future in the manufacturing industry looks positive!

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where industrial workers are needed

Canadian employers actively recruiting in the manufacturing field represent some of Canada’s largest and most industrious sectors. The list of top employers in the manufacturing field in Canada is almost identical to 2017. As you would expect jobs related to retail and construction dominate.

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