Most Common Canadian Jobs
Growth Trends for Related Jobs
The National Household Survey, most recently completed in 2011, provides a comprehensive snapshot of Canada's workforce. The retail trade, health and social assistance and manufacturing sectors combined to account for almost one-third of total employment. The survey revealed a significant difference between men and women in the list of most frequently occurring jobs.
Most Common Jobs by Gender
Retail salesperson was the most common job for both men and women, according to the survey. For men, transport truck drivers, retail and wholesale managers, carpenters and janitors/caretakers/building supervisors rounded out the top five. For women, the top five was rounded out by administrative assistants, registered nurses, cashiers and elementary school/kindergarten teachers. Only four jobs appeared in the top 20 list for both men and women: retail salespersons, retail and wholesale managers, food counter attendants/kitchen helpers and financial auditors/accountants.
Most Common Jobs Overall
The most common jobs overall in Canada were retail salespersons, retail and wholesale managers, administrative assistants, food counter attendants/kitchen helpers, and cashiers. Rounding out the top 10 were registered nurses, elementary school and kindergarten teachers, transport truck drivers, administrative officers and general office support workers.
- Statistics Canada: Portrait of Canada's Labour Force
- Statistics Canada: Table 3: The 20 most common occupations among men aged 15 years and over and the proportion of men in the total workforce, May 2011
- Statistics Canada: Table 2: The 20 most common occupations among women aged 15 years and over and the share of women in the total workforce, May 2011
- Statistics Canada: 2011 National Household Survey: Data Tables
Based in Mulmur, Ontario, Lisa Timpf has worked in human resources and communications since 1989. Timpf's corporate roles have included organizational development, internal and external communications, employee relations, employee surveys, and corporate governance. She holds a Bachelor of physical education from McMaster University.