Occupational Demand Outside of Halifax

This page looks at job opportunities outside of Halifax for the 2023-2025 outlook period.

This page looks at job opportunities outside of Halifax for the 2023-2025 outlook period. In regions outside of Halifax, 122 occupations were assigned a Good or Very Good rating, making up 64.2% of all employment. Some key highlights are:

  • More than half of the expected job opportunities in Nova Scotia will be outside of Halifax. 
  • About three-quarters of these jobs will open up because older workers are retiring during this time.

1- Business, finance, and administration

Business, finance, and administration jobs are the third most common types of jobs outside of Halifax.  About 29,700 workers people are working in these jobs, which is about 13% of all jobs.  It is expected that these jobs will offer about 3,610 new opportunities.

Below are the in-demand business, finance, and administration occupations outside of Halifax:


  • Accounting and related clerks
  • Accounting technicians and bookkeepers
  • Administrative assistants
  • Court reporters, medical transcriptionists, and related occupations
  • Financial advisors
  • Financial auditors and accountants
  • General office support workers
  • Payroll administrators
  • Procurement and purchasing agents and officers
  • Professional occupations in business management consulting
  • Property administrators
  • Shippers and receivers
  • Supervisors, finance, and insurance office workers
  • Supervisors, general office, and administrative support workers

2-Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

There were about 9,900 jobs in these positions, which is about 4.4% of all jobs. It is expected that there will be around 1,300 new job openings during this time. Most of these new jobs will be in professional jobs related to natural and applied sciences.

Below are the in-demand engineering, math, science, and information technology occupations outside of Halifax:


  • Computer and information systems managers
  • Biologists and related scientists
  • Information systems specialists
  • Computer systems developers and programmers
  • Software engineers and designers
  • Software developers and programmers
  • Civil engineers
  • Other professional engineers
  • Computer network and web technicians
  • User support technicians
  • Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians
  • Electronic service technicians (household and business equipment)


Outside of Halifax, 24,400 people were working in health jobs, which is about 11.7% of all jobs. It is expected that there will be over 3,170 new job opportunities in health during this time.

Below are the in-demand health occupations outside of Halifax:

Very Good:

  • Continuing care assistants, nurse aides, orderlies, and patient service associates
  • General practitioners and family physicians
  • Licensed practical nurses
  • Registered nurses
  • Specialists in clinical and laboratory medicine
  • Veterinarians


  • Animal health technologists and veterinary technicians
  • Dental hygienists and dental therapists
  • Dentists
  • Managers in health care
  • Massage therapists
  • Medical laboratory assistants and related technical occupations
  • Medical laboratory technologists
  • Medical radiation technologists
  • Nursing coordinators and supervisors
  • Occupational therapists
  • Other assisting occupations in support of health services
  • Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment
  • Paramedics
  • Pharmacy technicians
  • Physiotherapists

4-Education, law, and social, community, and government services

In Nova Scotia, jobs in education, law, and social, community, and government services employed 26,600 people, which is about 11.8% of the workforce. It is expected that there will be just over 2,760 new job opportunities in these areas from 2023 to 2025.

Below are the in-demand education, law, and social, community, and government services occupations outside of Halifax:

Very Good:

  • Early childhood educators and assistants
  • Home support workers, caregivers, and related occupations


  • Correctional service officers
  • Education policy researchers, consultants, and program officers
  • Elementary and secondary school teacher assistants
  • Health policy researchers, consultants, and program officers
  • Lawyers
  • Managers in social, community, and correctional services
  • Police officers (except commissioned)
  • Social and community service workers
  • Social workers
  • Therapists in counselling and related specialized therapies

5-Art, culture, recreation, and sport

This category has the fewest jobs out of the 10 main job categories, with only 3,600 workers. This is about 1.6% of all jobs. It is expected that there will be the fewest job opportunities in this category during the forecast period, with just 490 new jobs.

Below are the in-demand art, culture, recreation, and sports occupations outside of Halifax:


  • Program leaders and instructors in recreation, sport, and fitness

6-Sales and Service

Sales and service jobs are the most common jobs by far, making up 26.1% of all jobs outside of Halifax, with 58,700 workers. Because there are so many of these jobs, they are expected to offer the most job openings during the forecast period: 5,550 new jobs, which is about 23% of all new job openings.

Below are the in-demand sales and service occupations outside of Halifax:

Very Good:

  • Cooks
  • Food counter attendants, kitchen helpers, and related support occupations
  • Light duty cleaners


  • Accommodation service managers
  • Bakers
  • Bartenders
  • Cashiers
  • Chefs
  • Cleaning supervisors
  • Estheticians, electrologists, and related occupations
  • Food and beverage servers
  • Food service supervisors
  • Hotel front desk clerks
  • Insurance agents and brokers
  • Janitors, caretakers and heavy-duty cleaners
  • Maîtres d'hôtel and hosts/hostesses
  • Operators and attendants in amusement, recreation, and sport
  • Other customer and information services representatives
  • Other service support occupations
  • Restaurant and food service managers
  • Retail and wholesale trade managers
  • Retail salespersons and visual merchandisers
  • Sales and account representatives - wholesale trade (non-technical)
  • Security guards and related security service occupations
  • Store shelf stockers, clerks and order fillers

7-Trades and Transportation

This category is the second largest group of jobs, with 41,400 workers, making up about 18.4% of all jobs. It is expected to provide the second most job openings during 2023-2025, with 4,325 new jobs. 

Below are the in-demand trades and transportation occupations outside of Halifax:

Very Good:

  • Carpenters
  • Home building and renovation managers


  • Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics, and mechanical repairers
  • Bus drivers, subway operators, and other transit operators
  • Construction managers
  • Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics
  • Construction trades helpers and labourers
  • Contractors and supervisors, mechanic trades
  • Contractors and supervisors, other construction trades, installers, repairers and servicers
  • Delivery service drivers and door-to-door distributors
  • Electricians (except industrial and power systems)
  • Heating, refrigeration, and air conditioning mechanics
  • Heavy-duty equipment mechanics
  • Industrial electricians
  • Machinists and machining and tooling inspectors
  • Material handlers
  • Painters and decorators (except interior decorators)
  • Plasterers, drywall installers and finishers, and lathers
  • Plumbers
  • Residential and commercial installers and servicers
  • Roofers and shinglers
  • Steamfitters, pipefitters and sprinkler system installers
  • Supervisors, motor transport, and other ground transit operators
  • Transport truck drivers
  • Welders and related machine operators

8-Farming, Fishing, Forestry, and Mining

In this job category, there are about 13,800 workers, which is about 6.1% of all jobs outside of Halifax. It is expected to have the second-fewest job openings, with only 1,200 new opportunities.

Below are the in-demand farming, fishing, forestry, and mining occupations:


  • Agricultural service contractors and farm supervisors
  • Harvesting labourers
  • Livestock labourers
  • Managers in agriculture
  • Nursery and greenhouse labourers

9-Manufacturing and Utilities

In manufacturing and utilities, there are 14,200 workers, making up about 6.3% of all jobs. It is expected that there will be around 1,355 new job opportunities in this field during the forecast period.

Below are the in-demand manufacturing and utilities occupations outside of Halifax:


  • Fish and seafood plant workers
  • Labourers in fish and seafood processing
  • Labourers in food and beverage processing
  • Other products assemblers, finishers and inspectors
  • Plastic products assemblers, finishers and inspectors
  • Process control and machine operators, food and beverage processing
  • Rubber processing machine operators and related workers


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