- Where does the labour market information displayed on Job Bank come from?
The primary source of Labour Market Information data is Statistics Canada's Labour Force Survey, which provides labour statistics for specific occupations. This survey is the most inclusive, timely and unbiased source of wage data by occupational group. Sometimes, Labour Force Survey data is not available and other sources are considered.
Some other sources of Labour Market Information may include:
Employment Insurance data
Provincial wage surveys
Collective bargaining agreements
The National Household Survey
For more information on the wage data displayed on Job Bank, visit the Wage Methodology page.
- How do the job market tools and reports work?
On the Explore Careers web page, select one of the categories from the right hand side of the page and fill in the required fields. Then, click on “Search”. You can search by:
Occupation. View a list of advertised jobs with links to find more information on a specific occupation (wages, duties, job requirements, etc.).
Wages. Compare low, median, and high wages for the occupation or location you have selected.
Prospects. Select from a list of locations across Canada to view detailed job market reports on specific occupations.
Education programs. Learn about the programs, and discover which jobs are linked to them.
Skills and knowledge. Access the skills and knowledge checklist to explore jobs or career options that match your skills and knowledge.
You can also use this page to access a number of links to valuable labour market information and statistics.
- What is the average salary earned by workers in a particular occupation?
You can explore careers by wages to view wage data for specific occupations. Once you have selected an occupation, you will receive a detailed job market report showing the low, median, and high wages for that occupation in various regions across Canada. You can also search by city or postal code to view wage reports for occupations in your region.
- Where is there a demand for workers in my field?
You can explore careers by outlook to view prospects for a specific occupation. Once you have selected an occupation, you will receive a detailed job market report that shows employment prospects for that occupation in various regions across Canada. Based on the outlook ratings, you will be able compare prospects within different regions to see where there is higher demand for your selected occupation. You can even search by city or postal code to view outlook reports for occupations in your region.
You can also consult Job Bank’s Job Market Trends and News to search for recent events and opportunities in your industry.
- What industries are growing in my region and across Canada?
Check out the latest labour market trends to learn more about upcoming job opportunities in your industry and region. The Job Market Trends and News page can help you stay up-to-date on current labour market information across Canada. In this section you will find employment data, income statistics, and news about job creation, layoffs, and other labour market events.
You can browse all news items across Canada, or you can narrow down your search. You can find out what is happening in your region by searching by city, province, or postal code. You can also view labour market updates by searching by industry or event type.
- Why can’t I find any information when I try to search for my job title?
Job titles and labour market information found on Job Bank are based on the National Occupational Classification (NOC). The NOC is a large directory that contains most jobs held in Canada.
If there are no search results for the job title you’ve entered, we recommend choosing the closest match.
If there is no information available for the occupation you have entered, there may not be sufficient data to provide accurate wage and outlook information for the region you have specified.
If you want to search for a NOC code or find more information, you can visit the National Occupational Classification website.
- What career paths are best suited to my personality and skills?
Your personality, skills, and knowledge are important to consider when exploring suitable career paths. You can assess your career aptitudes using Job Bank’s Skills and Knowledge Checklist, Career Navigator quizzes, and 9 Essential Skills profiles.
The Skills and Knowledge Checklist generates a set of occupations which are suited to your unique profile. Select applicable skills and knowledge items from a list of work-related competencies to receive your personalized results.
The Career Navigator quizzes allow you to explore your personality and discover occupations that may interest you. The career-oriented quizzes provide lists of occupations which fit your skills and working styles. The self-assessment quizzes help you to better understand your personality and how it connects to the types of work you might enjoy.
You can also explore essential skills profiles to understand which of the 9 essential skills are most relevant to different types of jobs.
- Which education program is right for me?
Whether you’re exploring career options or you already know what your dream job is, you can use Job Bank’s labour market information to find an education program that suits you.
If you’re interested in a particular field of study and want to know if it’s the right choice for you, the Career Tool can help you make an informed decision. With the Career Tool, you can discover the median salary, earning range, and occupations of people who graduated from a particular education program. You can also find out if graduates found a job in their field of study, if they would choose that field of study again, and whether they intended to pursue further education after finishing their program.
If you already know what industry you would like to work in, you can explore careers by occupation to find post-secondary programs that can help you to meet the education requirements for the job. Simply enter your search criteria and click on the “Education & Job Requirements” tab.
Once you have found a suitable field of study, you can perform an Education Program Search to discover relevant post-secondary programs in your area and across Canada. You can also refer to CanLearn Programs search and CEGEPs, Colleges and Universities search.
- What kind of job and salary can I expect from my education program?
The Career Tool provides income and employment data for various education programs in Canada. If you want to know how much you could earn after studying in your field, you can use the Career Tool to view the earning range and median salary of people who graduated from that education program. You can also find out which occupations are most common among graduates of that field of study.