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The Expat Careers in Canada

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Expatriates who are looking into moving to Canada actually have a lot of choices when it comes to looking for careers in the country. No matter if you’re looking for a short-term job to boost your current working status or a long-term one for your livelihood, you can rest assured that Canada won’t leave you unemployed.

Of course, this is if you invest a little time in looking for the right job for you. For those that find it a bit overwhelming (and understandably so), it will be a good decision if you start with careers that are both expat-dominated and in-demand as a guide. Doing so will at least give you a scope for your job hunting.

This being stated, below are some jobs that you should consider checking out:

Respiratory therapists

The role of respiratory therapists is in demand in a lot of countries, including both the US and Canada. This is under the healthcare field, and you will mainly be dealing with respiratory patients, their issues, and the overall recovery process.

Even the seemingly simple issue of having difficulty in breathing will be under the care of respiratory therapists. Your main responsibilities will be diagnosing these kinds of problems, providing the right therapy and medications, and aiding in follow-ups.

To be qualified, you need to have a related healthcare degree or previous experience in the field. You can expect an average hourly pay of $34 for this job.

IT project managers

If you’re specifically looking for a job in the technology field, then you should look into being an IT Project Manager.

This role will require you to partake in all the processes necessary in handling a company’s technological tasks and strategies. It also involves planning, executing, and dividing relevant tasks to the whole team. An IT project manager will monitor the process as a whole.

The usual requirements that a company will ask from you involve an IT-related degree and the said skills above. Some don’t require a worker to have existing experience, while some do. It will depend on the employer that you will talk to. For the salary, expect to make around $42 per hour.


Engineers also take one of the top spots for expat careers in Canada. Since this particular job already covers a lot of fields, you can rest assured that this will be ideal for a majority of expats.

Depending on the field, an engineer will usually be required to formulate, develop, execute, and solve new technicalities. These tasks can either be pointed to a product, service, or part of the establishment. Nevertheless, the main ground is the constant building of efficiency.

You will need an engineering degree to start out in this role. For higher engineering positions, you may be further required to have certifications from relevant programmes and training sessions. It also comes with an average hourly pay of $33.

Business analyst

Business analysts or business consultants come from the commerce field. The good thing about this is it can be fulfilled either through face-to-face meetings or a WFH setup. Either way, it stays as a professional job.

The main role of business analysts is to monitor the current market and company performance, provide insights, and possibly even develop strategies to further improve and grow business stats.

Similar to the ones above, you will also need a relevant degree to be qualified. An experience is also a must. For the salary, it comes at an average of $39 hourly.

Industrial electricians

For entry-level jobs, you should look into industrial electricians. Canada has reported in 2021 that the country’s workforce has faced a shortage on the job. This is a good start-up if you’re looking to start growing your career in the country. Qualifications also aren’t that strict as long as you have certification and competent skills in being an electrician.

On average, an industrial electrician earns an average of $30 per hour.


In choosing a job to apply for, consider factors like your current qualifications, skills, credentials, and preferences. These will help you land the best possible job for your abilities.

Note that you can’t work in any of the jobs above if you don’t have the right travel and working documents for an expat. More often than not, you will also need a valid visa and employment certification to come along with it.

If you’re interested in knowing more about the legal matters tied to working in Canada as an expat, then you should consult an immigration professional for Canada. Although this means investment on your part, it will be worth it, considering that you won’t have to spend your money just to pay for penalties and violations in the future.

Robert Haynes did his degree in psychology at the University of Hertfordshire. He is interested in mental health and well-being.

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