The Most In Demand Engineering Jobs in Canada

Mike Pak | PHM Search | Engineering Recruiters | We Get Engineers
November 21 4 years ago
Engineering is a broad science, with over 40 different types of engineering careers in 5 different sub-disciplines.  Engineering is also one of the most promising careers in Canada with a constant demand for engineers in almost every industry and sector.  Having said that, the world is currently experiencing a shortage of engineers.  Experts estimate that by next year (2020) 95,000 of the 250,000 currently employed engineers in Canada will retire. Beyond that there exists a skills gap wherein new graduates (12,000/year) are not equipped with the skills to replace their senior counterparts. Moreover, the global demand for innovation in every area of the profession to support sustainability is of utmost importance. These factors combine to ensure many areas of the discipline remain in high demand.

Civil Engineering

Civil engineers build the structures (buildings, roads, infrastructure) in which the world depends on, lives in and is connected through. It is also one of the oldest engineering disciplines in the world. Being a very broad field it can be broken down into the following sub-disciplines: structural, construction, environmental and transportation. Environmental Engineering involves environmental remediation work. Given that more than 70% of the population believe that the environment is more important than economic growth, it stands that the future need for Environmental Engineers will continue to be one of the most in-demand engineering jobs around the world. Moreover, given the federal government has pledged over $120M annually to build and improve infrastructure over the next 2 years one will see a rapid growth of Canadian cities. Skilled Civil Engineers will be required to design and oversee these projects. In fact, Civil Engineers currently top the list of most in-demand engineering professions, with an average salary of $68,250 up to $116,025 per year for a senior executive.

Computer Software Engineering

As we move further into the digital age, Software Engineer numbers are increasing annually and it is predicted to be one of the most needed and important jobs of the near future. A wide range of industries now rely on software for the most basic daily operating requirements, meaning it is no longer just technology companies who are building new applications and programs. Over the past five years, the number of employees in this field has grown by 22%Software Engineers are being hired by Canadian employers as quickly as they become available, earning an average salary of $87,028 to $138,125 at the senior level.

Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering is the most common areas of engineering and involves the design and maintenance of anything composed of moving parts. A sub-field of mechanical engineering in which demand is set to grow nearly 7% over the next decade is renewable/alternative energy. The growing demand for renewable sources of energy like solar and wind, combined with their cost effective production, makes the industry more sustainable financially. A Mechanical Engineer working in the field of renewables earns an average salary of $64,786 and can reach upwards of $107,486.

Biomedical Engineering

Electrical Engineering is one of the most in demand fields of engineering in Canada, and those that work in the profession work in a variety of industries. With the growing trend towards sustainable development and energy efficiency, Electrical Engineers will be at the forefront of emerging innovation. The average Electrical Engineer salary in Canada is $77,196 while most experienced workers make up to $130,000 per year.

Petroluem Engineering

With many Petroleum Engineers expected to retire in the next decade, and energy companies relying heavily on their expertise, the demand for petroleum engineers is expected to exceed the number of individuals trained to fill available positions. Moreover, despite the push for electric vehicles, clean energy oil is still highly valued and used in many different industries and as the global demand for energy is increasing. Petroleum Engineers earn an average salary of $98,503 to upwards of $160,000 in Ontario.

Agricultural Engineering

Agricultural Engineering (with particular demand in Agri and Biosciences) is another form of specialized engineering (like Biotech) and a key discipline for agriculture to deliver global food security. This will be of utmost importance for the future of our ever-expanding planet. The global food system faces formidable challenges today that will increase markedly over the next 40 years. Coping with future challenges will require more radical changes to the food system. The average Agricultural Engineer salary in Canada is $70,000 annually while most experienced workers make up to $119,000 per year.

Mining Engineering

The essence of any construction is the raw materials required to make it. While some traditional resource mining, such as iron, is on the decline, the raw materials required to further advance electric car innovation are required. Consumption of resources like lithium, copper and nickel are predicted to grow over the next decade and engineers in this field will be required to design open pit and underground mines and supervise the excavation of these raw materials. Moreover, such jobs are favourable because many employed in this sector will be reaching retirement age by 2024. The average Mining Engineer $96,805/year up to  $131,200 at the senoir executive level.

Engineering jobs of varied descriptions are and will continue to be in high demand for the foreseeable future. Whether fuelled by increasing retirement rates, or the global need for innovation to foster sustainability, engineering job opportunities will continue to adapt and grow to meet the needs of society’s ever-shifting problems. At PHM Search | Simply Technical we recruit 100K+ Senior & Executive Engineers and Construction Talent across Canada and the USA. As the demand and the competition for talent increases, we continue to nurture recruitment solutions to address the needs of our clients. Contact us today to discuss how we can tailor a recruitment strategy that suits you.

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