the hottest manufacturing jobs of 2017

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Manufacturing is the backbone of the Canadian economy. When the manufacturing sector does well, other industries inevitably follow. After lagging in 2016, the manufacturing industry is rebounding and prospects for 2017 are healthy.

Manufacturers are facing one dilemma in 2017, however: as the aging baby boomer generation settles into retirement, manufacturers are unable to replace skilled workers fast enough. As many as 50% of manufacturers say they’re currently experiencing skilled labour shortages. Part of the issue at hand is the longstanding preference for university education over vocational training. The skilled trades have long suffered from being seen as 'blue collar' – it’s time that type of thinking was eliminated. The diverse skills required in modern manufacturing are every bit as complex and rewarding as any white collar industry.

There’s no question that today’s manufacturing jobs are very different from those of only a handful of years ago. As menial tasks become automated, employers are shifting away from general labour and towards skilled tradespeople. The list of hot manufacturing skills could easily be mistaken for a list of tech and engineering skills. A few of the top manufacturing skills in 2017 include: operating computerized systems, reading and interpreting blueprints, writing and configuring code for machines, and various expertise in mechanics, electronics, hydraulics and pneumatic systems.

 
the hottest manufacturing careers in 2017

the hottest manufacturing careers in 2017

The skills that employers in the manufacturing sector are looking for are as varied as the industry itself. Though there is a steady demand for industrial labourers and assemblers, we’re seeing a growing need for skilled trade workers. Labour shortages in this sector have led to a wealth of exciting (and well-paying) opportunities for trade workers to choose from. Welders, mechanics and machinists are in particularly high demand.

As baby boomers head for retirement, they’re leaving in their wake a skilled labour void. Younger generations have been slow to hop on the skilled trade bandwagon, demonstrating a preference for university education over vocational training. If you’re looking for opportunities to build a long lasting hands-on career with strong prospects ahead, the learning a skilled trade is a great choice.

 
the hottest manufacturing careers in 2017

demand for industrial workers across Canada

There are currently over 1.1 million people employed in the manufacturing sector. At any given time, there are about 20,400 active manufacturing job openings. It takes recruiters 43 days to fill the average manufacturing role, which is slightly less than the average length of time it takes to fill a job in Canada (45 days).

The need for industrial workers is consistently high across the country, though the strongest demand is found in Central Canada. Ontario and Quebec account for approximately 70% of Canada’s manufacturing output, making these provinces the best place to begin your job search. Industrial workers with skilled trade expertise are particularly in demand. If you enjoy the thought of a job that combines strategic thinking and hands-on work, getting into skilled trades is an excellent career path worth considering.

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average manufacturing salaries in canada

The median annual salary in the manufacturing industry is $36,000, which represents a little less than half of the income of an average Canadian family. According to Statistics Canada’s last census, the average household income in Canada was $78,870. Manufacturing salaries are consistent across the country. The only exceptions are Alberta where salaries are slightly higher, and Quebec, where salaries dip slightly below the national average.

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industrial skills that increase your employability in 2017

The skills and certifications that recruiters look for most in the manufacturing industry indicate a focus on streamlining and automating tasks, as well as improving overall health and safety standards. Quality control and assurance top the list of most in demand skills, followed closely by food safety, hazard analysis, and knowledge of CNC software. Understanding best practices in the manufacturing industry will also help you get ahead in your career. After all, in the manufacturing industry, abiding by processes that are both safe and efficient is paramount!

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industries where industrial workers are in demand

Canadian employers actively recruiting in the manufacturing field represent some of Canada’s largest and most industrious sectors. From retail and warehousing, to construction and transportation, to resource extraction, there is no shortage of diverse work environments for industrial workers to choose from. Some of the hottest industries seeking to hire industrial and skilled trade workers in 2017 include:

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