Top 10 Finance Jobs: Top Jobs in Canada 2016

Banking and accounting are just the start – today’s financial services jobs cover everything from investment management to fintech

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A career in finance is still the goal of many young graduates. Applications for MBA programs increased by 58% in 2015, according to the Graduate Management Admission Council of Canada. The best job prospects range from Financial Manager (No. 9 on our Best Jobs 2016 ranking) to Account Executive and Consultant (92.)

Andre Clumpus got his start in the industry in 2012 with an internship at TD Securities. He is now celebrating his second year with the company as a senior financial analyst. “I can use my communication skills as well as my financial skills from my MBA,” he explains. “I solve problems with Excel, I do expense reports, I write presentations and I write emails and memos about our expenses or our projects, variances and things like that.”

Clumpus says he appreciates that the job has allowed him to develop his existing skills and looks forward to where his career takes him in the coming years. “It’s regular work, which I like. But I will say it’s the kind of work where you get what you put into it,” he says.

According to Richard W. Nesbitt, former chief operating officer of CIBC and current adjunct professor at the Rotman School of Management, the industry has changed a lot since its beginnings. “I think the alternatives are much bigger now,” he says. “Not only are there commercial or investment banks, but there are also private equity, hedge funds, venture capital, fintech companies.”

According to Nesbitt, “nobody walks into a job thinking it’s their career for life anymore.” He believes that banking and investment banking will continue to dominate the sector, but also foresees an increase in less regulated activities, and fintech, over the next five years. That, and students aren’t necessarily limited to the domestic market: “When I graduated in the 70s, it was really rare to think of anything outside of Canada and even outside Ontario, quite honestly,” he says. “Nowadays people don’t mind getting on a plane and flying to Singapore and working there.”

* Demand Outlook is the estimated demand for employees in this category by 2021:

= more than one job per job seeker
= approximately 1 job per job seeker
= less than 1 job per job seeker

Job classification Job title Median salary Wage growth Employment growth over 5 years Outlook* Jobs by Indeed™
9 Finance & Real Estate Manager $71,469 13% 39% Search finance and property manager jobs
23 Corporate Sales Manager $79,997 28% -23% Search corporate sales manager jobs
25 Sales director $83,429 15% -9% Search purchasing manager jobs
35 Bank & Credit Manager $87,464 25% -21% Search Banking & Credit Manager jobs
50 Corporate Administrative Officer $79,997 15% 23% Search for corporate administrative officer jobs
51 Senior business manager $95,992 15% -30% Search Senior Business Manager jobs
52 Financial Manager $85,010 18% -11% Search CFO jobs
73 Business Services Manager $75,192 21% -27% Search business services manager jobs
85 Financial Analyst $71,469 13% 39% Search financial analyst jobs
92 Account Advisor $68,640 9% 16% Search Account Executive Consultant jobs

* Demand Outlook is the estimated demand for employees in this category by 2021:
= more than one job per job seeker
= approximately 1 job per job seeker
= less than 1 job per job seeker

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