If you’re looking to make a change, whether it’s temporary or permanent, Canada may be just the place for you. With thousands of new job opportunities becoming available every month along with fantastic work benefits and great references and experiences to add to your professional resume, who could resist making Canada their next destination?
There are various in-demand jobs in Canada in almost every industry and sector nationwide, and despite the effects of the current pandemic, Canada has managed to recover from job loss at an incredible rate, with nearly 378,200 in August and September as well as 84,000 new jobs added in October 2020 alone, according to the latest labour market report.
But what are the best jobs in Canada for Pakistani professionals?
In this article, we’ll take a look at the top 5 job opportunities that are currently available for those who want to move to Canada from Pakistan and explore everything that our beautiful country has to offer.
Work Opportunities for Pakistanis in Canada
1. General & Specialist Physicians
Earning potential - $203,932 - $85,000
In-demand Provinces/territories: British Columbia, Newfoundland & Labrador, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Saskatchewan
General and specialist physicians are in-demand in six of Canada’s provinces and territories and you’ll find that no matter where you are you will be able to live and work comfortably in and province in Canada. According to Neuvoo, you could stand to earn the most in the province of Saskatchewan, averaging around $319,217 followed by Manitoba, where you could earn approximately $300,000 per year.
Doctors are in such demand that there are certain provinces such as Nova Scotia and Saskatchewan that have Canadian immigration programs specifically dedicated to helping make the application process easier. In order to work in Canada as a doctor you will need to meet the following requirements:
- Have a bachelor's degree or in Quebec, completion of a college program, and one year of pre-medicine university studies is usually required.
- Have graduated from an approved medical school and two to three years of family medicine residency training are required.
- Have completed the qualifying examinations of the Medical Council of Canada or the Collège des médecins du Québec and licensing by the provincial or territorial licensing authority are required.
2. Accountants and Financial Auditors
Earning potential - $58,500 - $85,000
In-demand Provinces/territories: British Columbia, Ontario, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Yukon
Accountants are not only highly in-demand in seven of Canada’s 11 provinces and territories but work in a very lucrative sector in Canada. Of the in-demand provinces mentioned above, you could earn the most in Saskatchewan, averaging around $63,750 as well as benefit from affordable living. In order to work in Canada as an accountant or financial, you will need to meet the following requirements:
- Chartered professional accountants, chartered accountants (CPA, CA) require a university degree and completion of a professional training program approved by a provincial Institute of Chartered Accountants and, depending on the province, either two years or 30 months of on-the-job training and membership in a provincial Institute of Chartered Accountants upon successful completion of the Uniform Evaluation (UFE).
- Chartered professional accountants, certified general accountants (CPA, CGA) and chartered professional accountants, certified management accountants (CPA, CMA) require a university degree and completion of an approved training program and several years of on-the-job training and certification with a regulatory body is required in all provinces and territories.
- Auditors require education, training, and recognition as indicated for chartered professional accountants, chartered accountants (CPA, CA), chartered professional accountants, certified general accountants (CPA, CGA) or chartered professional accountants, certified management accountants (CPA, CMA) and some experience as an accountant.
- Auditors may require recognition by the Institute of Internal Auditors.
- To act as a trustee in bankruptcy proceedings, auditors and accountants must hold a license as a trustee in bankruptcy.
- Licensing by the provincial or territorial governing body is usually required for accountants and auditors practicing public accounting.
Earning potential - $63,300 - $84,152
In-demand Provinces/territories: Alberta, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Ontario, Northwest Territories, Yukon
Electricians have one of the jobs in Canada that are rapidly growing in terms of need due to the rate at which new developments are arising in the construction sector. According to Neuvoo, you could stand to earn the most in the province of Alberta, averaging around $69,615 followed by Manitoba, where you could earn approximately $66,918 per annum. To work in Canada as an electrician you will need to meet the following requirements:
- Completion of secondary school is usually required. Completion of a four- to five-year apprenticeship program is usually required.
- Trade certification for construction electricians is compulsory in Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta and available, but voluntary, in British Columbia, the Yukon, the Northwest Territories, and Nunavut.
- Trade certification for electricians (domestic and rural) is compulsory in Newfoundland and Labrador and Ontario.
- Trade certification for electrical control (machine) builders is available, but voluntary, in Ontario.
- Red Seal endorsement is also available to qualified construction electricians upon successful completion of the interprovincial Red Seal examination.
4. Software Engineering
Earning potential - $103,851 - $175,000
In-demand Provinces/territories: British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan
If you’re a qualified tech professional in Pakistan and are looking for the best place to find a job in Canada then look no further than Canada’s tech hub - British Columbia (BC). Cities like Vancouver are world-renowned for having head offices for tech giants such as Microsoft, SAP Canada, and Slack, to name a few. According to Neuvoo, you could stand to earn the most in the province of Manitoba, averaging around $126,750 followed by Canada’s own silicon valley, BC, where you could earn a salary of around $106,250 per year. To work in Canada as a software engineer you will need to meet the following requirements:
- A bachelor's degree, usually in computer science, computer systems engineering, software engineering, or mathematics, or completion of a college program in computer science is usually required.
- A master's or doctoral degree in a related discipline may be required.
- Licensing by a provincial or territorial association of professional engineers is required to approve engineering drawings and reports and to practice as a Professional Engineer (P.Eng.).
- Engineers are eligible for registration following graduation from an accredited educational program, three or four years of supervised work experience in engineering, and passing a professional practice examination.
- Experience as a computer programmer is usually required.
5. Project Manager
Earning potential - $90,000 - $153,000
In-demand Provinces/territories: British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan
Project management is an occupation that is both versatile and in demand in virtually every sector, there is. Whether you work in IT, construction, finance, marketing, or healthcare Canada has management positions ready to be filled by experienced and qualified candidates who are looking to broaden their horizons. According to Neuvoo, of the in-demand provinces mentioned above, you could stand to earn the most in BC, where you could earn a salary of around $90,547 per year. Other provinces with great earning potential include Alberta and Ontario, where you could earn around $93,115 and $92,484 respectively. To work in Canada as a project manager you will need to meet the following requirements:
- A university degree or college diploma in a relevant field eg. finance, marketing, etc.
- A master’s degree may be required depending on industry or position
- Management experience in a related field
- Several years of work experience
Please note that there may be additional requirements depending on which sector you work in.
How to Apply for a Job in Canada from Pakistan
Finding work in Canada, let alone any foreign country can be tough, but with these five simple steps, you’ll be sure to impress any Canadian employer.
Step 1: Polish your Resume
To make a great first impression be sure to update your resume or curriculum vitae (CV), listing all your recent and relevant achievements.
Keep it to a maximum of 2 pages in length, include contactable references, and ensure that it’s up to Canadian standards.
Step 2. Choose jobs wisely
Although there are thousands of jobs available in Canada, do not apply for all of them. Be selective with which jobs you are not only qualified for but also which companies you aspire to work for. Remember, recruiters receive hundreds of applications for job listings so applying for a post that you are not qualified for will only see your application in the rejected pile or resumes.
Step 3. Follow up on applications
It is a common practice to follow up on applications or feedback after interviews. Recruiters are extremely busy and there are times where they may not get around to responding to all applicants. It also shows your potential new employer how interested you are in getting the job.
Step 4. Network with professionals in your industry in Canada
Reaching out to professionals in your industry in Canada is one of the best things that you can do when looking for a job in Canada from Pakistan. It’s more than likely that you will come across someone who has gone through the same process as you intend to and they will be able to give you useful tips as well as possibly advise you on which companies are hiring and are worthwhile applying to.
Step 5. Perform Qualification Assessment
To find work in Canada you will be required to prove that you have the necessary qualifications to do the job required of you. This involves having your qualifications, if obtained outside of Canada, verified and accredited through an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA). This will let your Canadian employer know that your qualifications are of the same standard or higher than that of Canadian standards.
Thinking of making the move to Canada from Pakistan permanent? Take a look at the top ways to immigrate to Canada in 2020 and beyond.
Simply want to test the waters first? Take a look at how to apply for a temporary work permit here.
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