The 10 Most Popular Industries To Work In

Ever since the pandemic forced job seekers and businesses to rethink their futures, many people have been seizing this opportunity to explore a new focus in their careers.

As part of this shift, there are more job seekers entering the marketplace with new interests in exploring new industries.

According to, job seekers’ priorities have changed. Some of the most in-demand job features they’re looking for include:

  • Flexible schedules (the #1 priority amongst job seekers)
  • 59% want new positions with higher pay (while only 40% of employers have raised salaries)
  • Good health insurance and retirement benefits (while only 20% of employers have increased their offerings in this regard)

But perhaps the biggest change in priority has been the types of jobs that job seekers are most interested in!

So if you’re interested in finding out which industries are attracting the most workers in the job marketplace these days, read on to find out!

Social and Community Services

The pandemic has brought many communities closer together, as travel has been limited. Because of this, some job seekers are looking for ways to give back and help support others in their career.

Jobs in this industry include:


  • Public Service
  • Support Workers and Caregivers
  • Charitable and Social Assistance Administration

Office Administration and Support

Businesses are dependent on their frontline workers. And those frontline workers need the support of administrative staff that oversee everything from recruitment to management!

Jobs in this industry include:


  • Human Resources
  • Administrative Assistants
  • In-house Trainers and Coaches

Arts and Entertainment

With lots of time on their hands to explore their interests, many job seekers are now seeking to make a career out of their creative endeavours. Whether that’s by being in the spotlight, or filling roles that help make the magic happen on stage, screen, or studio!

This industry is also helping to re-energize the travel and hospitality industry, as well as venues and other businesses that rely on entertainers to drive their popularity.

Jobs in this industry include:


  • Designers
  • Performers and Artists
  • Stage & Sound Technicians


This industry really took off during the pandemic, as people wanted to use their time at home to better themselves. But it hasn’t lost momentum!

Jobs in this industry include:


  • Public Teachers
  • Personal Coaches and Mentors
  • Online Course Designers

Food and Hospitality

Remember the sourdough craze? Well turns out many people are looking to turn their passion for food into a career they’re passionate about, post-pandemic!

And, as many businesses in this industry struggled the hardest over the pandemic, they are eager to bring on new workers to help regrow.

Jobs in this industry include:


  • Chefs and Cooks
  • Restaurant Managers
  • Bartenders and Waiters


This industry was also hit hard by the pandemic, as many people turned to online shopping as an alternative. Because of this, many retail employers have rethought how they make jobs work for their workers, inviting more people to flock to this type of job.

Jobs in this industry include:


  • Cashier
  • Stockers and Warehouse Staff
  • Supervisors and Shift Managers

Business and Finance

Business is booming across industries as they pick up from where they left off 2 years ago. And they need business-minded people to make it sustainable!

Jobs in this industry include:


  • Entrepreneurs
  • Accountants
  • Business Coaches and Consultants

Health Care

Shout out to our frontline workers who helped with our health during one of the busiest periods this industry has seen in our lifetimes!

Hiring has been on the rise for this industry, as workers need more support than ever to manage the workload — which is good news for anyone looking to change into this industry!

Jobs in this industry include:


  • Doctors and Nurses
  • Hospital Administrators
  • Clinicians and Pharmacists


Information Technology has helped people stay connected and stay in business during the pandemic. IT has been a key part of business infrastructure for the last few decades, but now IT staff are in more demand than ever!

Jobs in this industry include:

In-House IT Staff
Remote Tech Support
Programmers and Software Designers

Marketing and Advertising

Businesses are springing back, and they want you to help spread the word! This industry offers a lot of flexibility, both in terms of work-life balance but also in terms of what you might specialize in.

Jobs in this industry include:


  • Graphic Designers
  • Copywriters
  • Social Media Managers


Do you have any interest in one of these highly popular industries?

Then we want to help you get there!

META offers comprehensive career services, including the Better Jobs Ontario program that can fund your re-training and education for some of the most in-demand industries. Book your free appointment today!

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Belleville, ON K8P 1K2

Phone: 613-966-9069
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Whitby ON L1N 8W7

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