Additional Factors that make Career changes Challenging
To get more clarity on these indications and research findings, let’s look at additional factors that play essential roles in keeping Canadians at work.
In specializations and industries where it takes a lot of upfront investment to get started, like technology, healthcare, and operational management, but the potential wages are high, many Canadian employees tend to tolerate the workspace dissatisfaction. It is with the hope that their initial investment will pay off in the end.
The same applies in careers where the middle and upper-level management is highly satisfied with their wages and work. Some of these careers include oil mining and the construction sectors.
Junior employees who are dissatisfied with their wages and the work stick around with hopes of getting promotions to middle or upper-level management. Many end up toughing it out, and the promotion and benefits never come.
This may explain why 40% of the Canadian workforce are still sticking around to their current career path even though they’re not happy or satisfied with what they’re doing.
Career Paths Canadians Stick with the Most
The above-listed factors go a long way in explaining why a number of jobs in Vancouver have a noticeable lower-turnover rate, less job search activity, and greater career commitment that is not normal for the current job market.
Now that we’ve addressed the negative experience of the Canadian workforce let’s delve into the positive. Here are the most satisfying careers in Canada by percentage
- Procurement Specialists (satisfied/committed by 73%)
- Dental Hygienists (satisfied/committed by 70%)
- Construction Workers (satisfied/committed by 68%)
- Software Engineers (satisfied/committed by 67%)
- Dump Truck Drivers (satisfied/committed by 66%)
- Human Resources Specialists; Upper-level Management In The Energy Industry (satisfied/committed by 62%)
- Web Developers (satisfied/committed by 61%)
- Mechanical Designer; Executive Chef (59%)
- Junior-level Energy Industry Staff; Network Administrator (satisfied/committed by 57%)
- Sales and Marketing Specialists (satisfied/committed by 56.1%)
- LPN; Programmer Analyst; Truck Driver; RN (satisfied/committed by 56%)
- Database Administrator (satisfied/committed by 54%)
- Application Developer; Administrative Assistant; Administrative Clerk (satisfied/committed by 53%)
- It Specialists (satisfied/committed by 51.3%)
- Accounting and Finance Specialists (satisfied/committed by 50.3%)
Many factors determine if a person will or will not change their career path even if they’re dissatisfied with what they’re doing. A large number of Canadian employees stick around to a dissatisfying career path with the hope that their initial investment will eventually pay off. As the saying goes, it is the hope that kills you. On the bright side though, a significant percentage of the Canadian workforce are in careers they do not want to leave.