Occupations in Canada (2016 Census)

Most popular occupation in Canada: Retail salesperson

Canada Occupations 2016

The most popular occupations in Canada are retail salesperson, motor vehicle and transit driver and cleaner.

Statistics Canada reported that in Canada, two-thirds of vacancies didn’t require more than a high school education in 2015 and 2016.



Canada: People by Occupation* (2016 Census)
Total 19,361,010
Occupation People
642 Retail salespersons 730,055
751 Motor vehicle and transit drivers 586,950
673 Cleaners 569,130
122 Administrative and regulatory occupations 532,435
403 Secondary and elementary school teachers and educational counsellors 494,185
421 Paraprofessional occupations in legal, social, community and education services 455,225
141 General office workers 448,690
671 Food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related support occupations 423,950
062 Retail and wholesale trade managers 410,885
111 Auditors, accountants and investment professionals 399,260
661 Cashiers 376,905
217 Computer and information systems professionals 376,225
124 Office administrative assistants – General, legal and medical 369,395
441 Home care providers and educational support occupations 343,530
341 Assisting occupations in support of health services 335,770
651 Occupations in food and beverage service 324,200
301 Professional occupations in nursing 321,510
655 Customer and information services representatives 306,040
632 Chefs and cooks 304,165
152 Supply chain logistics, tracking and scheduling co-ordination occupations 266,365
112 Human resources and business service professionals 263,750
662 Other sales support and related occupations 262,800
961 Labourers in processing, manufacturing and utilities 261,460
416 Policy and program researchers, consultants and officers 251,250
001 Legislators and senior management 235,205
623 Insurance, real estate and financial sales occupations 234,345
143 Financial, insurance and related administrative support workers 232,635
761 Trades helpers and labourers 226,230
131 Finance, insurance and related business administrative occupations 208,820
071 Managers in construction and facility operation and maintenance 204,275
745 Longshore workers and material handlers 203,635
723 Machining, metal forming, shaping and erecting trades 200,735
727 Carpenters and cabinetmakers 196,075
732 Automotive service technicians 191,450
012 Managers in financial and business services 190,860
724 Electrical trades and electrical power line and telecommunications workers 190,245
011 Administrative services managers 184,890
525 Athletes, coaches, referees and related occupations 181,925
213 Civil, mechanical, electrical and chemical engineers 178,375
731 Machinery and transportation equipment mechanics (except motor vehicles) 172,565
082 Managers in agriculture, horticulture and aquaculture 170,530
323 Other technical occupations in health care 167,540
861 Harvesting, landscaping and natural resources labourers 165,895
415 Social and community service professionals 164,735
401 University professors and post-secondary assistants 163,320
063 Managers in food service and accommodation 163,275
431 Occupations in front-line public protection services 161,400
321 Medical technologists and technicians (except dental health) 153,590
634 Specialized occupations in personal and customer services 141,920
311 Physicians, dentists and veterinarians 137,950
843 Agriculture and horticulture workers 134,225
654 Security guards and related security service occupations 127,345
752 Heavy equipment operators 126,030
524 Creative designers and craftspersons 125,405
228 Technical occupations in computer and information systems 124,420
513 Creative and performing artists 121,460
622 Technical sales specialists in wholesale trade and retail and wholesale buyers 118,600
641 Sales and account representatives – Wholesale trade (non-technical) 117,210
952 Mechanical, electrical and electronics assemblers 116,345
729 Other construction trades 115,840
224 Technical occupations in electronics and electrical engineering 115,310
720 Contractors and supervisors, industrial, electrical and construction trades and related workers 103,705
402 College and other vocational instructors 98,945
411 Judges, lawyers and Quebec notaries 97,935
021 Managers in engineering, architecture, science and information systems 95,205
121 Administrative services supervisors 95,145
151 Mail and message distribution occupations 94,120
656 Other occupations in personal service 94,035
631 Service supervisors 92,675
223 Technical occupations in civil, mechanical and industrial engineering 88,155
725 Plumbers, pipefitters and gas fitters 86,390
953 Other assembly and related occupations 85,745
091 Managers in manufacturing and utilities 83,775
652 Occupations in travel and accommodation 83,400
042 Managers in education and social and community services 81,530
512 Writing, translating and related communications professionals 80,740
730 Contractors and supervisors, maintenance trades and heavy equipment and transport operators 79,220
744 Other installers, repairers and servicers 78,755
522 Photographers, graphic arts technicians and technical and co-ordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting and the performing arts 78,105
728 Masonry and plastering trades 75,180
214 Other engineers 72,465
145 Library, correspondence and other clerks 72,340
060 Corporate sales managers 70,675
633 Butchers and bakers 66,915
621 Retail sales supervisors 66,750
226 Other technical inspectors and regulatory officers 65,740
946 Machine operators and related workers in food, beverage and associated products processing 64,560
225 Technical occupations in architecture, drafting, surveying, geomatics and meteorology 63,955
314 Therapy and assessment professionals 63,405
941 Machine operators and related workers in mineral and metal products processing and manufacturing 62,615
674 Other service support and related occupations, n.e.c. 54,835
921 Supervisors, processing and manufacturing occupations 51,330
313 Pharmacists, dietitians and nutritionists 50,745
222 Technical occupations in life sciences 49,320
672 Support occupations in accommodation, travel and amusement services 46,260
924 Utilities equipment operators and controllers 44,380
753 Other transport equipment operators and related maintenance workers 43,000
142 Office equipment operators 42,895
215 Architects, urban planners and land surveyors 41,100
762 Public works and other labourers, n.e.c. 40,400
442 Legal and public protection support occupations 37,935
942 Machine operators and related workers in chemical, plastic and rubber processing 36,955
943 Machine operators and related workers in pulp and paper production and wood processing and manufacturing 36,620
073 Managers in transportation 36,340
322 Technical occupations in dental health care 35,600
212 Life science professionals 34,885
221 Technical occupations in physical sciences 34,605
825 Contractors and supervisors, agriculture, horticulture and related operations and services 34,025
031 Managers in health care 33,505
211 Physical science professionals 32,550
227 Transportation officers and controllers 32,380
738 Printing press operators and other trades and related occupations, n.e.c. 30,805
944 Machine operators and related workers in textile, fabric, fur and leather products processing and manufacturing 30,555
733 Other mechanics and related repairers 29,755
125 Court reporters, transcriptionists, records management technicians and statistical officers 29,450
065 Managers in customer and personal services, n.e.c. 29,375
823 Underground miners, oil and gas drillers and related occupations 28,885
312 Optometrists, chiropractors and other health diagnosing and treating professionals 27,340
051 Managers in art, culture, recreation and sport 26,470
826 Fishing vessel masters and fishermen/women 26,370
653 Tourism and amusement services occupations 25,420
923 Central control and process operators in processing and manufacturing 24,705
041 Managers in public administration 23,720
822 Contractors and supervisors, mining, oil and gas 23,625
922 Supervisors, assembly and fabrication 22,225
043 Managers in public protection services 20,365
737 Crane operators, drillers and blasters 19,385
521 Technical occupations in libraries, public archives, museums and art galleries 19,100
947 Printing equipment operators and related occupations 18,495
013 Managers in communication (except broadcasting) 18,225
842 Logging and forestry workers 17,595
523 Announcers and other performers, n.e.c. 14,150
511 Librarians, archivists, conservators and curators 13,850
081 Managers in natural resources production and fishing 13,595
216 Mathematicians, statisticians and actuaries 13,105
841 Mine service workers and operators in oil and gas drilling 12,480
736 Train crew operating occupations 10,100
824 Logging machinery operators 8,890
844 Other workers in fishing and trapping and hunting occupations 7,640
821 Supervisors, logging and forestry 4,765
*People who reported working activity during the reference year.
Source: Statistics Canada 2017

OCCUPATIONS IN CANADA 2016

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