Chefs, Hairstylists Among the Most In-Demand Professions

EDMONTON — Edmonton Journal
Published Friday, JULY 18, 2014 9:05 AM
Last updated Friday, JULY 18, 2014 9:05 AM

EDMONTON – Chefs, specialist physicians and hairstylists are among the 31 professions in high demand in the province, according to the Alberta government’s 2014 short-term employment forecast.

The report, released Thursday, projects those jobs will be in high demand over the next three years.

“There’s so many things you can do when you cook,” said Elizabeth Wallace, a 2013 NAIT alumni who graduated from the culinary program and works at Elm Catering. “You can work at a small restaurant, or a big chain, or a hotel, or a catering (company).”

Wallace was first hired by Cibo Bistro, the restaurant at which she completed her school work placement.

“People will come to you if they’ve heard of you,” she said.

Wallace also believes that new interest in food has created the demand for chefs.

“Food is getting more trendy with local movements, so people are getting more interested in what they’re eating and not just going to McDonalds and getting a hamburger.”

Construction trades remain in high demand.

“We need to continue to ensure that we’re pushing construction trades information out to young people so they can see that as a viable career opportunity,” said Kyle Fawcett, Minister of Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour.

Training programs for the trades will continue to be a top priority as the province works to recruit and retain workers.

The government of Alberta projects 407,000 new jobs will be created by 2023. During that time it is also expected that 311,000 people will join the workforce.

“We haven’t seen the job creation in other areas of the country like we’ve seen here in the last 12 months,” Fawcett said. “If you took Alberta out of the picture, Canada would have lost jobs over the last 12 months.”

This strong increase in job opportunities also creates problems.

“Our long-term forecast over 10 years indicates a 96,000 person or job shortage,” Fawcett said. “There’s employment and opportunities for all those who are seeking jobs.”

Customer service clerks, letter carriers and photographers have all been placed in the low demand category.

“As the economy evolves, as technology evolves, your labour market shifts and the demand for certain occupations becomes less,” Fawcett said.

The government is working to ensure that all individuals who find themselves in a field of low demand or underemployed have the opportunity to upgrade their skills and get into an occupation of higher demand, the minister said.

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