Top 10 Most In-Demand Jobs in Nova Scotia

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The Canadian province of Nova Scotia is recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic and looking for skilled workers to fill jobs in healthcare, hospitality, finance, and other sectors through economic immigration programs.

“Employment gains in September were concentrated in full-time work, and among people in the core working age group of 25 to 54,” noted Statistics Canada in its September Labour Force Survey. “Increases were spread across multiple industries and provinces.”

As foreign nationals consider Nova Scotia as a potential immigration destination, here are the Top 10 Most In-Demand Jobs to which they should apply under economic immigration programs.


  1. Information Systems Analysts And Consultants (NOC 2171)

Analysts and consultants in information systems analyse and test system requirements, develop and implement information systems development plans, policies, and procedures, and provide advice on a wide range of information systems issues.

In early December, Indeed posted 177 positions for information systems analysts in Nova Scotia.

Based on a standard work week, these professionals earn a median annual wage of $73,125 in Nova Scotia, but can earn up to $106,000 per year.

  1. Computer Programmers And Interactive Media Developers (NOC 2174)

During the first year of the pandemic, employment in this occupation increased by 15%. These are the individuals responsible for writing, modifying, integrating, and testing computer code for software applications, data processing applications, operating system-level software, and communications software.

Interactive media developers write, modify, integrate and test computer code for Internet and mobile applications, computer-based training software, computer games, film, video and other interactive media.

Indeed posted 404 jobs for programmers in Nova Scotia in early December.

They earn a median annual wage of $69,260 in Nova Scotia based on a standard work week but can earn up to $114,370 in the province’s Annapolis Valley.


  1. Nurses (NOC 3012)

Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses provide direct nursing care to patients, as well as health education programs and consultative services on nursing-related issues.

The occupation pays a median annual wage of $76,050 based on a 37.5-hour work week, with top earners earning up to $84,669 on the North Shore.

Indeed, in early December, there were 635 open positions for nurses in Nova Scotia, as demand for nurses increased due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


  1. Nurse Aides, Orderlies And Patient Service Associates (NOC 3413)

These are the individuals who assist nurses, hospital staff, and physicians in providing basic patient care in hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities for the elderly, and other healthcare facilities.

These positions in Nova Scotia pay an average annual salary of $35,100 based on a 37.5-hour work week, but pay can go up to $40,950 depending on experience and location.

According to Jobbank, there were 50 positions for nurse aides in Ontario alone in early December, and 832 across the country.


  1. Physicians – Family (NOC 3112) and Specialists (3111)

Family physicians and general practitioners diagnose and treat diseases, physiological disorders, and injuries. They earn a median annual salary of $192,605 in Nova Scotia, but can earn as much as $351,221.

Specialists, which include surgeons, diagnose and treat diseases as well as physiological or psychiatric disorders, and they serve as consultants to other physicians. A specialist in Nova Scotia earns a median annual salary of $236,222, but can earn up to $431,517.

Indeed listed 48 positions for family physicians and 149 positions for specialists in Nova Scotia in early December.


  1. Food And Beverage Servers (NOC 6513) and Food counter attendants, kitchen helpers (NOC 6711)

Restaurants in Nova Scotia are experiencing a severe labour shortage, particularly for cooks and servers. According to Indeed, there were 114 server jobs and 260 cook jobs available in Nova Scotia in early December.

Based on a 37.5-hour work week, the median annual salary for a server or cook in Nova Scotia is $27,300, with cooks earning up to $40,872.


  1. Cleaners (NOC 6731)

During the COVID-19 pandemic, those who clean the lobbies, hallways, offices, and rooms of hotels, motels, resorts, hospitals, schools, office buildings, and private residences were in high demand.

In early December, Indeed had 318 cleaner jobs in Nova Scotia listed.

Commercial cleaners in Nova Scotia earn a median annual salary of $28,370 based on a 37.5-hour work week, but can earn up to $39,000.


  1. Transport Truck Drivers (NOC 7511)

As more people turned to the internet to buy goods, the retail environment shifted, and truckers became an even more valuable commodity than they were before the pandemic.

In early December, there were 634 ads for trucking jobs in Nova Scotia.

The median annual salary for a truck driver working a standard work week in Nova Scotia is $39,000, but it can rise to $58,500 for those working in Halifax.


  1. Construction trades helpers and labourers (NOC 7611)

Construction trades helpers and labourers assist skilled tradespeople and perform labouring tasks on construction sites, quarries, and surface mines, or for construction companies, trade and labour contractors, and surface mine and quarry operators.

In early December, Indeed listed 72 construction jobs in Nova Scotia.

The median annual wage for a construction worker in Nova Scotia is $37,050 based on a 37.5-hour work week, but they can earn up to $58,500.


  1. Heavy Equipment Operators (Except Crane) (NOC 7521)

Heavy equipment operators are in high demand in the construction and maintenance of roads, bridges, airports, gas and oil pipelines, tunnels, buildings, and other structures, as well as in surface mining and quarrying activities and material handling work.

They work for construction firms, heavy equipment contractors, public works departments, pipeline, logging, cargo-handling, and other businesses.

The median annual salary for workers is $42,900 based on a 37.5-hour work week, but workers can earn up to $42,900 for the same hours per week.

Indeed posted 49 heavy equipment operator jobs in early December.




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