7 Most In-Demand Business Careers in Canada (Entry-Level)

If you’re interested in working in business, you’re definitely not alone. Business-related programs are consistently among the most popular choices for students.

Much of the appeal stems from the wide variety of fast-growing, in-demand jobs—even for those just starting out.

Weighing your options for business careers? Wondering which entry-level roles are in high demand across Canada?

We’ve got you covered. In this post, we’re focusing on 7 entry-level business jobs that are trending up right now across the country.

Keep reading for details on what each role involves and what it takes to get started.

 

BUSINESS CAREER #1: ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Administrative assistants carry out a wide range of tasks that keep an office running smoothly.

These multitasking pros do everything from greeting clients, answering inquiries, and booking appointments to processing mail, organizing files, and preparing reports.

 

☑️ Demand: Many companies have a greater need for organizational support as they try to coordinate remote workers and teams. In fact, administrative assistant is one of the overall fastest-growing jobs in Canada, according to Randstad.

Federal government data suggests that demand may be particularly strong for home-based virtual assistants.

 

☑️ Training requirements: Quality administrative assistant training covers the software, communication, bookkeeping, and information management skills you need to thrive in this role.

And most programs are less than a year long. For instance, the one at Herzing College Winnipeg runs for just 7 months.

 

BUSINESS CAREER #2: HEALTH AND SAFETY OFFICER

Health and safety officers strive to prevent injuries and illnesses in the workplace.

They conduct inspections, enforce regulations, deliver safety training, and follow up on complaints and claims.

Ultimately, their role is to identify and manage the risks people face while doing their jobs.

 

☑️ Demand: The pandemic has driven up the need for health and safety officers across the country.

Ontario alone expects to have as many as 3,000 openings for occupational health and safety (OHS) professionals over the next few years.

And the Government of Canada Job Bank projects steady demand for this occupation in BC, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Ontario, and Quebec.

 

☑️ Training requirements: You can get started in this business career with a college diploma in occupational health and safety.

Herzing’s program is fully approved by the Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals (BCRSP). That means our grads qualify to become Canadian Registered Safety Technicians (CRSTs) immediately upon graduation, which can boost your employment prospects.

 

BUSINESS CAREER #3: ACCOUNTS PAYABLE/RECEIVABLE CLERK

Accounts payable and receivable clerks manage both incoming and outgoing payments for a business.

They verify purchases and expenses, process invoices from vendors, and make payments as required.

They also receive payments from customers, prepare bank deposits, and follow up with clients about monies owed.

 

☑️ Demand: Accounts payable and receivable clerk made Randstad’s list of the most in-demand administrative jobs in Canada in 2021.

Looking ahead, the Job Bank says demand for these clerks should be strong in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Quebec, New Brunswick, and Nunavut. Steady demand is expected in all other areas of Canada.

 

☑️ Training requirements: Completing accounting and payroll administration training at the college level will prepare you for this entry-level role.

Training is available at Herzing’s campuses in Ottawa, Toronto, and Winnipeg, as well as online.

The program teaches you about accounting principles and practices and gives you hands-on practice with industry software like QuickBooks and Sage.

 

BUSINESS CAREER #4: PROCUREMENT OFFICER

Procurement officers are supply chain specialists. They’re in charge of getting the things companies must have to operate.

They figure out what’s needed and how it can be obtained in a timely and cost-effective manner.

That involves evaluating suppliers, negotiating prices, tracking shipments, and following up on late or missing orders.

 

☑️ Demand: Randstad says pandemic-induced pressures on global supply chains have generated demand for procurement officers who can source the goods and materials businesses need.

The Job Bank estimates that procurement officers will enjoy strong demand in many areas of the country, including BC, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, and Nunavut.

 

☑️ Training requirements: A supply chain management diploma is excellent preparation for this business career.

In the program at Herzing College Winnipeg, you can expect to learn about contract law, transportation logistics, effective negotiations, and more.

 

BUSINESS CAREER #5: PAYROLL CLERK

Payroll clerks are responsible for making sure everyone in the company gets paid in full and on time.

They track hours worked, calculate earnings and deductions, process direct deposits, and issue cheques.

They also prepare tax slips and answer questions from employees.

 

☑️ Demand: According to data from the Labour Market Information Council (LMIC), job postings for payroll clerks were up by nearly 70% in the second quarter of 2021 compared to the same period a year earlier.

And the Job Bank predicts steady-to-strong demand for this occupation in every province of Canada.

 

☑️ Training requirements: College-level training in accounting and payroll administration will qualify you to become a payroll clerk.

Herzing’s program covers essential topics like deductions, benefits, payroll processing methods, and government remittances.

 

BUSINESS CAREER #6: CLIENT SERVICES REPRESENTATIVE

Client services representatives are the people who respond to phone and email inquiries from customers.

They assist with placing or modifying orders, answer product-related questions, and resolve complaints.

Essentially, this role is about keeping customers happy.

 

☑️ Demand: Remote-based client services representatives are increasingly in demand as organizations seek to address customer needs without in-person contact.

Customer service topped Randstad’s list of the fastest-growing jobs in Canada in 2021.

Plus, the Job Bank says demand for customer service reps should remain steady across most of Canada, with an especially good outlook in BC and Manitoba.

 

Training requirements: You can develop the necessary sales, communication, and customer service skills through a business administration diploma program.

At Herzing, we offer business administration training at each of our campuses as well as online.

 

BUSINESS CAREER #7: OFFICE MANAGER

Office managers keep the administrative side of a business running smoothly.

They manage budgets, monitor inventory, and hire and oversee support staff.

They also strive to streamline office procedures and make operations more efficient.

Some office manager roles call for a few years of administrative experience, but entry-level positions are also available.

 

☑️ Demand: LMIC data shows that job openings for administrative officers were 74% higher in Q2 of 2021 than they were a year prior.

And according to the Job Bank, administrative officers have a solid outlook across Canada, with strong demand in Saskatchewan, Quebec, New Brunswick, and Nunavut and steady demand in all other regions.

 

☑️ Training requirements: College training in business management can prepare you to become an office manager in a relatively short time.

For instance, the program at Herzing College Ottawa is only 12 months long. It covers how businesses are structured and run and shows you how to coordinate functions like marketing, sales, client services, and human resources.

 

GET practical TRAINING FOR BUSINESS CAREERS

Quality training can help you develop the business skills employers want most.

At Herzing College, we offer a variety of business diplomas designed to get you job-ready fast. You can complete your training in 2 years or even less.

Plus, all of our business programs are taught by expert instructors and include an internship for real-world experience.

Need more info? An Admissions Advisor can provide details on each program and help you determine which one is right for you.

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