| The calendar year is coming to a close, and CIC would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a very safe and happy holiday season.
As we reflect on the news and events that helped shape 2014, we would like to offer CIC Newsletter subscribers a look at the most-read news stories from their publication. That means, over the next two weeks, we'll count down the Top 20 articles for the year!
Your regular news publication will resume on Wednesday January 7, 2015.
20. STEM careers: Where are all the jobs?
From March 5, 2014: Software developers, medical health service managers, electrical engineers, radiologists, physical therapists, pharmacists, accountants, auditors, petroleum engineers to name a few. Those are some of the top 50 hottest jobs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Looking at the list of the top-paying fields, it is easy to realize that people don't quickly jump into them.
19. Faculty jobs are rare, but Canada still needs its PhDs
The Globe and Mail
From Sept. 17, 2014: As the number of graduate students across North America skyrocketed over the past decade — with Ontario graduate enrollments alone doubling from about 10,000 to 20,000 — competition for the increasingly scarce full-time, tenure-stream faculty positions has become fierce. For example, in 2007 Canadian universities granted nearly 5,000 PhDs and another 6,000 recent PhDs were conducting postdoctoral research; but that year, only about 2,600 new full-time faculty members were hired at Canadian universities.
18. Engineering and business administration grads top earners
Nov. 5, 2014: It pays to get a college or university degree, and it really pays to get that degree in engineering, business administration, health or the physical sciences.
That's the conclusion of a Statistics Canada study that followed the lives of 15,166 Canadians over a 20-year period. The study, based on material from the census, looked at employment earnings of college and university graduates from 1991 through until 2010.
17. 15 engineering disciplines by salary & job prospects
From July 2, 2014: Here's a snapshot of the salaries and job prospects for engineering careers by discipline. These numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that some professions such as biomedical engineering will see growth as high as 62 per cent through 2020, while many others such as aerospace engineering and chemical engineering will see growth rates well below 10 per cent.
16. 10 tips to accelerate your engineering career
From Nov. 26, 2014: There are times over the course of an engineer's career where it can feel like the rate of moving forward comes to a slow crawl or worse a stand still. This period of slow career growth can strike at any time whether the engineer is green and entry level or a seasoned senior professional. There are many different causes for a stagnating career ranging from being stuck on report duty, working at a company with limited upward mobility or even faltering motivation.
15. 12 ways to get a job interview — and a way not to
LinkedIn: Lou Adler
From March 26, 2014: Job hunting tip #1: Don't apply directly to any job posting. The only exception to this rule is if you're a perfect fit based on the skills, experiences and titles listed on the job description. If you're not a perfect fit, you shouldn't spend more than 20 per cent of your time applying to jobs. However, if you think you can do the job, even if you're not a perfect match on the requirements listed, there are many things you can do to get an interview.
14. Canada 2014: The most in-demand jobs by city
From May 14, 2014: Hundreds of thousands of positions are posted in Canada each year, but for job seekers, it's often hard to know where to look. Data from Workopolis, Canada's biggest careers site, offers a snapshot of the markets in major urban centres. The map below links to profiles of the 20 largest job markets, each with their own ranking of the top 10 sectors driving job postings in that city over the past year.
13. Common career paths for engineers
From Nov. 12, 2014: Engineering is an incredibly broad profession, as demonstrated by the fact that engineers are found in such diverse fields as agriculture, telecommunications, and robotics.
Given the sheer amount of choice available in engineering, it can sometimes be difficult for students and new graduates to decide how to plan their careers.
12. How to differentiate yourself in today's engineering job market
Thomas Net News
From Jan. 29, 2014: Long gone are the days when an engineer could simply send a resume and get three or four interviews. I remember when I graduated in 2000, I had seven different engineering companies that made me job offers. That's why you need new tactics.
11. Average pay in Alberta: 30 occupations by wage, salary
From June 18, 2014: It's no secret people from across Canada are flocking to Alberta to make money. Statistics Canada numbers show that Alberta is currently growing faster than any other province. The Royal Bank of Canada is predicting stronger economic growth this year and next for Canada, but says only Alberta will see the kind of gains that will make a real impact on job creation.
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