In this quarter’s Where the Engineering Jobs Are: Canada, we use our internal engineering job database to show you which disciplines and specialties are in demand — even if you don’t live in Ontario.
For the latest analysis of where the engineering jobs are in your region, head over the main category page for Where the Engineering Jobs Are.
Top 5 Engineering Disciplines in Canada
This quarter, there’s little movement among the top five. Software engineering continues its massive growth trend, adding over 800 engineering jobs since March — more than four times the growth of any other discipline.
This quarter’s totals, as of October 3rd:
- Software Engineering: 10,915
- Electrical Engineering: 1,962
- Mechanical Engineering: 1,827
- Civil Engineering: 1,483
- Computer Engineering: 921
(Churn is constant, as engineers are hired or new jobs created. Click each discipline for real-time totals.)
Canadian civil engineering maintained a completely steady state since our last report. which is to be expected. StatCan’s 2013 numbers showed the nation’s population of civil engineers at full employment; with competition tight, growth is somewhat constrained by high starting salaries and the rate of immigration by foreign engineers.
Where the Engineering Jobs Are In Canada
48.92% of all available Canadian engineering jobs are in Ontario, as of this writing, with positions in the top five disciplines centered in Toronto, Burlington, and Whitby.
Here, we’ve broken down where the Canadian engineering jobs are across all open listings, by province:
Ontario’s dominance over the sector is not quite as dramatic as Software among engineering disciplines, but it’s a comfortable lead. Breaking it down by total engineering jobs and percentage of total open job listings further underscores the point.
|Newfoundland and Labrador||218||0.97%|
|Prince Edward Island||46||0.20%|
The statistically average Canadian engineer is a software engineering in Ontario. In fact, each of top five disciplines is concentrated not just in Ontario, but in just three cities: Toronto, Burlington, and Whitby.
Ontario may account for most of the engineering jobs in Canada, but the province doesn’t enjoy a monopoly across all engineering disciplines. Alberta, particularly, has seen astounding economic growth in recent years — last year, literally all the net employment growth in Canada took place there.
Let’s take a closer look at the top four provinces — Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia, and Quebec — and compare them across the top 25 engineering disciplines, by volume of open job listings.
Engineering Jobs Comparison: Ontario, Alberta, BC, and Quebec
Combined, these four provinces account for 92.58% of our open job listings. As you’ll see, Ontario’s employment dominance isn’t the whole story — there are ten cases where an engineering discipline meets or exceeds Ontario’s numbers within the top 25 hottest job categories. Specifically:
Don’t neglect these other disciplines as you plan your career — if relocation isn’t an option, long-term, perhaps re-focusing is.