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Canada’s Best Jobs: Mining & Forestry Manager

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Mining and forestry manager


Median Salary: $100,006
Salary Growth (2010–2016): +11%
Total Employees: 12,000
Change in Employees (2010–2016): +39%

Job Description:

You’ll find these managers overseeing operations in the mines, lumber mills and fisheries that make up Canada’s enormous natural resources sector. Much of the time they’ll be outdoors, inspecting field operations, but often they’ll be hiring and training personnel, and reporting progress to senior management. For these managers, their primary focus is making sure their teams meet production quotas, while being adequately staffed and equipped.

Job Qualifications:

Forestry managers often need a bachelor’s degree in forest science or engineering, mining managers typically have an earth sciences or mining engineering degree, while oil and gas managers may require a degree in geology, earth sciences, or petroleum engineering. But skipping formal education is possible, provided you’ve spent long, hard years proving yourself in the field in a supervisory position.


With hard work comes a paycheque to match—the median salary for these positions is just over $100,000.

Career Opportunity:

Any commodities business comes with some volatility—the oil and gas business has had a tough couple of years amid low energy prices. It comes down to what field you get into; mining, forestry and oil and gas are expected to grow in the next few years, according to Statistics Canada. Mining in particular is expected to see sharp growth due to increased exploration. Perhaps because of this, employee growth has exploded over the past five years, increasing 40%.

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