the top 15 best jobs in 2020.

The roles that are most in demand in 2020 span across a variety of fields. From administrative roles, to white collar professional roles, to blue collar skilled trades jobs, skilled talent is in demand across the board. No matter where your strengths lie, there's a booming sector where your skills can be put to good use.

 

sales associate

Sales associates, or sales representatives, are the most in demand job in Canada in 2020. Businesses count on talented salespeople to move products off shelves and into customers' hands. B2B salespeople are also in demand. Innate sales ability and an outgoing personality will help you succeed in this field.

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driver

Drivers of all kinds are in demand in Canada. From long-haul drivers, to delivery drivers, to forklift drivers, if you know how to drive a commercial vehicle, your skills are highly sought-after by employers. Having a commercial vehicle driver's license, or a certification to operate forklifts will make you in demand in this occupation.

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receptionist

Receptionists make the critical first impression at a place of business. Though customer service is clearly an important element of being a great receptionist, basic tech-skills are also in demand in this field. Knowledge of telephone systems and computer programs that log customer information are a key part of any modern receptionist job.

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welder

If you've been paying attention to Canada's shortage of skilled trades workers, it makes sense that welder remains on the list of best jobs for 2020. If you're looking to get into an in demand field with lots of opportunities for growth and don't mind working with your hands, welding is a career path worth considering.

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developer

Developers feed our obsession with tech, building websites, apps, enterprise software and anything else that runs on code. So it's no surprise that developers are one of the most in demand professions. The tech sector remains the fastest growing in Canada. Though developers of all stripes are desperately needed, full stack developers who know both front-end and back-end programming are the most in demand. 

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business development manager

Business development managers typically fall under the sales umbrella of jobs. They're typically responsible for bringing in new business and developing strategies to help their organization's salespeople close deals with new clients. They're frequently involved in relationship building and big picture strategizing.

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general labourer

General labourers are the jack-of-all-trades in the Canadian labour market. They fill in gaps in the workforce, completing whatever tasks need to be done to keep businesses running. From cleaning, to moving materials, to general handiwork, being a general labourer requires hard work, determination and the ability to take on physically demanding tasks.

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project manager

Project managers are needed in sectors ranging from IT to engineering to marketing. Project managers typically have a background in the field they're working in, but also have project management expertise and the ability to juggle complex projects, effectively managing budgets and people. Project managers with a project management professional (PMP) certification are especially in demand in 2020.

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heavy duty mechanic

Heavy duty mechanics do exactly what it sounds like they do: they work with heavy machinery, ensuring it's well maintained and repaired as needed. They most often work in manufacturing, energy or construction. All of these sectors remain key contributors to the Canadian economy in 2020.

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merchandiser

If you've ever stepped foot into a retail store, you've experienced the work of a merchandiser. Merchandisers play a key role in selecting and displaying inventory in retail spaces. With the growth of online shopping, retailers are counting on merchandisers to build positive retail experiences that keep customers coming to brick-and-mortar stores.

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electrical engineer

Electrical engineers are responsible for designing products and systems that have electricity running through them. From designing electronics, to working in the energy sector, to telecommunications, the skills of an electrical engineer have countless applications in our modern tech-obsessed world. Though most engineering disciplines are experiencing workers shortages, electrical engineers are particularly in demand in 2020.

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accountant

Accountants are money experts. They oversee budgets and spending for either individuals and corporations, depending on their role. There are also many in demand specializations within the accounting field such as payroll, accounts payable and receivable, taxation, government, and auditing, among others. A CPA designation remains the gold standard in the accounting field in Canada and will all but guarantee you have employers lining up at your door.

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HR manager

For the past few years, Canada's unemployment rate has remained extremely low. That's put a spotlight on the HR function as companies struggle to recruit top talent in a tight job market. HR managers are responsible for setting the direction of their organization's HR policies, and ensuring that current employees are happy and engaged, while bringing in a steady pipeline of talent to fill new roles.

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financial advisor

Financial advisors are money specialists who tend to work with individuals and families, helping them make decisions about how to make the most of their day-to-day finances and investments. Financial advisors typically work in banks. Since financial advisor is a fairly entry-level role in the finance sector, it's a great job to get your foot in the door if you're hoping to develop a career in finance.

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registered nurse

Canada's elderly population is growing, putting strain on our healthcare system. The healthcare sector in Canada is chronically understaffed. That's led to a desperate need for medical professionals, including nurses. Registered nurses fill the gaps in Canada's healthcare system, providing general support for patients, assisting doctors and ensuring patients receive a high level of care.

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source of data

The top 15 jobs were determined using data from Gartner Talent Neuron and Randstad's internal systems which measure job openings, job placements and other data in Canadian markets.