Recently EMSI data pinpointed occupations that were adding noteworthy numbers of jobs over the 2010-2013 timeframe in the Toronto area. We thought we’d use EMSI’s education data to give some context on the real-world situation these occupations find themselves in.
1. Computer and information systems professionals
- Change in jobs (2010 — 2013): 12,607
- Percentage increase: 16%
- Median hourly earnings: $35.22
No big surprise here; with the growth of Toronto’s tech industries, like computer systems design (16% jobs growth), software publishers (8%), and data processing/hosting (29%), computer and information systems professionals are in high demand. With a large number of relevant education programs available in Toronto (at least 10 public postsecondary schools are offering programs connected to this occupation), it’s a great time to think about becoming a computer or information systems professional.
2. Sales and related occupations
- Change in jobs (2010 — 2013): 9,661
- Percentage increase: 31%
- Median hourly earnings: $11.03
This is a varied set of occupations, with an equally diverse range of employers; workers in this class are employed at a wide range of retail stores, from grocery stores to specialty shops, as well as at advertising firms and elsewhere. These aren’t high-end commissioned salespeople, but primarily lower-earning retail workers.
3. Labourers in processing, manufacturing and utilities
- Change in jobs (2010 — 2013): 8,784
- Percentage increase: 27%
- Median hourly earnings: $13.20
While manufacturing industries have been a volatile sector of the last few years, the overall trend for these skills seems positive. A large percentage of these jobs (10.2%) are temporary jobs found through employment services. Other major employers include plastics product manufacturing, printing and related support activities, and food wholesaler-distributors.
4. Food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related
- Change in jobs (2010 — 2013): 8,373
- Percentage increase: 18%
- Median hourly earnings: $10.25
5. Administrative support clerks
- Change in jobs (2010 — 2013): 7,879
- Percentage increase: 17%
- Median hourly earnings: $20.28
While administrative support clerks don’t have the most stimulating job title, they earn a noteworthy median wage of over $20 an hour. They’re strongly connected to pre-law degrees and training in legal support services, which are offered by numerous regional institutions. Many of the jobs for this occupation come from government administration at various levels, office administrative services, and legal services, all of which have added jobs over the last few years.
6. Technical sales specialists, wholesale trade
- Change in jobs (2010 — 2013): 7,420
- Percentage increase: 37%
- Median hourly earnings: $24.04
These are more highly trained salespeople, and their pay reflects that. While their lower position in this list reflects the smaller number of added jobs, the occupation has grown by a high 37%.
7. Auditors, accountants and investment professionals
- Change in jobs (2010 — 2013): 7,252
- Percentage increase: 9%
- Median hourly earnings: $29.66
With Toronto’s ongoing development as Canada’s financial district comes a need for accountants and investment professionals. That and Bay Street combine to explain the solid growth in this sector — not a flashy double-digit growth percentage, but more than 7,000 new jobs. The number of accounting degrees granted in 2011 was sharply up from 2010 (from 1,196 to 2,176), which suggests that students are aware of the new openings in the field.
8. Civil, mechanical, electrical and chemical engineers
- Change in jobs (2010 — 2013): 5,784
- Percentage increase: 26%
- Median hourly earnings: $36.14
A broad, highly professional category with wide variation between its four parts. Civil engineers were far and away the fastest-growing part of this sector, up by 4,396 jobs from 2010 to 2013. They’re also paid less than the other three, however; the highest pay went to electrical engineers, an occupation that only added a handful of jobs.
9. Medical technologists and technicians (except dental health)
- Change in jobs (2010 — 2013): 4,770
- Percentage increase: 36%
- Median hourly earnings: $27.69
A far cry from the stereotypical low-paid medical assistant, these are college-educated specialists who command very high pay for their skills. While a wide variety of programs can funnel students into this occupation, their completion numbers have been surprisingly low; only about 3,000 completions a year, for programs whose target occupations (including, but not limited to, medical technologists) have added over 400,000 jobs.
10. Managers in financial and business services
- Change in jobs (2010 — 2013): 4,031
- Percentage increase: 13%
- Median hourly earnings: $36.06
These management positions are another beneficiary of Toronto’s finance economy, as this occupation’s location quotient of 2.05 shows. They’re largely staffed by business majors, of which Toronto generated about 5,000 in 2011, and those with specialized training in financial management. Fortunately, those business majors are going into a wide range of careers, while the smaller number of completions from finance management courses (984 in 2011) suggests very good odds of finding a career in Toronto for those who complete such programs.
Data for this post came from Analyst, EMSI’s online labour market data tool. To learn more, or to see a sample of our data for your region, contact Fraser Martens. Follow EMSI on Twitter @DesktopEcon.