Local Economy

Home to dozens of oil sands companies, hundreds of construction and oil sands service and maintenance companies (and thousands of other companies), the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo has long thrived as a diverse and competitive business environment.

With a population of 125,032 people (according to the most recent RMWB 2015 census) and continued growth in the region, there are certainly many great employment opportunities in the Wood Buffalo region.

However, a job search here is just like a job search anywhere else. There is no one-stop-shop for finding a job in the region. To learn more details about occupations that may be available in the Wood Buffalo area and labour market outlook for occupations in the region, please visit:

 

While the oil sands industry is what Wood Buffalo is conventionally known for, construction, transportation, health, government services and education industries are also strengths in the region.

 

Browse through our Key Industries for more information on potential job opportunities:
  • Mining, Oil & Gas:

    The Mining, Oil & Gas sector in Wood Buffalo is responsible for almost half (48.6%) of the adult working population. Oil sands companies provide direct employment for a workforce with engineering, technological, management, trades and administrative skills. Most plants operate year round, so many of the jobs consist of shift work. Transport services are available from Fort McMurray to oil sands surface mines and plant sites, though many employees also work off-site. This industry also plays a central role in linking other industries’ sectors, such as construction,  forestry, transportation and warehousing.

    Some examples of occupations in the Mining, Oil & Gas industry include:

    • Mining engineer
    • Power engineers
    • Process operators
    • Blaster
    • Drilling and service rig manager
    • Petroleum engineer
    • Drilling rig leasehand/floorhand

    For a complete listing of all occupations related to this industry, as well as detailed information on job duties, working conditions, educational requirements, employment outlook and salary ranges, visit the Alberta Occupational Profiles website:

    http://occinfo.alis.alberta.ca/occinfopreview/info/browse-occupations.html

  • Construction:

    The Wood Buffalo Construction industry is the second largest source of employment in the Wood Buffalo region and plays a pivotal role in the growth and maintenance of the Wood Buffalo economy. Construction activity in Fort McMurray and the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo includes industrial, residential and commercial construction, including a diverse range of energy and transportation infrastructure. This includes industrial construction of new or expansion of existing oil sands mining and on-site facilities.

    Some examples of occupations in the Construction industry include:

    • bricklayer
    • carpenter
    • electrician
    • welders and related machine operators
    • roofer
    • steam fitter-pipe fitter
    • architects
    • engineers
    • construction managers

    For a complete listing of all occupations related to this industry, as well as detailed information on job duties, working conditions, educational requirements, employment outlook and salary ranges, visit the Alberta Occupational Profiles website:

    http://occinfo.alis.alberta.ca/occinfopreview/info/browse-occupations.html

  • Accommodation, Food Services and Retail:

    The Accommodation, Food Services and Retail industry in Wood Buffalo is a growing sector, employing approximately one in every eight working people in the Wood Buffalo area. This industry provides short-term lodging and complementary services (i.e. hotels and motels),  products and related services, as well as preparing meals, snacks and beverages for customers on and off the premises.

    Some examples of occupations in the Accommodation, Food Services and Retail industry include:

    • chef
    • bartender
    • cashier
    • hotel and motel desk clerks, supervisors and managers
    • waiting table staff and restaurant managers
    • retail store manager
    • direct distributor
    • food services supervisors

    Generally, positions in these fields do not require post-secondary schooling until a person reaches management levels, though many people often find they can move up in a few years from an entry-level position to supervisor and manager. Successful people in this industry enjoy customer service, work well in a team environment and don’t mind shift work.

    For a complete listing of all occupations related to this industry, as well as detailed information on job duties, working conditions, educational requirements, employment outlook and salary ranges, visit the Alberta Occupational Profiles website:

    http://occinfo.alis.alberta.ca/occinfopreview/info/browse-occupations.html

  • Finance, Insurance, Real Estate and Leasing:

    The Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate and Leasing industry plays a critical role in facilitating financial transactions every day, keeping the Wood Buffalo economy running smoothly. This industry also plays a critical role in assisting people and businesses manage risk, make investments and buy, sell and/or lease real estate.

    Some examples of occupations in the Finance, Insurance, Real Estate and Leasing industry include:

    • banks and credit union staff, mortgage and loan brokers
    • insurance carriers and agencies
    • investment advisors and brokers
    • real estate agents and brokers
    • property managers
    • pension managers

    For a complete listing of all occupations related to this industry, as well as detailed information on job duties, working conditions, educational requirements, employment outlook and salary ranges, visit the Alberta Occupational Profiles website:

    http://occinfo.alis.alberta.ca/occinfopreview/info/browse-occupations.html

  • Transportation & Warehousing:

    This industry is comprised of establishments primarily engaged in transporting passengers and goods, warehousing and storing goods and providing services to these establishments. The modes of transportation are road (trucking, transit and ground passenger), rail, water, air and pipeline. (http://www23.statcan.gc.ca/)

    Some examples of occupations in the Finance, Insurance, Real Estate and Leasing industry include:

    • airline pilot
    • truck and bus driver
    • taxi driver
    • letter carrier and couriers
    • heavy equipment operators
    • pipeline operators.

    For a complete listing of all occupations related to this industry, as well as detailed information on job duties, working conditions, educational requirements, employment outlook and salary ranges, visit the Alberta Occupational Profiles website:

    http://occinfo.alis.alberta.ca/occinfopreview/info/browse-occupations.html

  • Forestry:

    The Forestry industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in growing and harvesting timber on a long production cycle (ten years or more). The forest products industry in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo produces lumber and pulpwood. Sawmill and pulp mill operators also work with oil sands companies in the Wood Buffalo area to cut and salvage timber before leases are developed.

    Forest harvest activities, including logging, log hauling and reforestation, are contracted out by sawmill and pulp mills to owner-operators. While forestry has slowed down, companies are still hiring highly-skilled and dedicated workers in manufacturing, processing and maintenance in mills.

    Some examples of occupations in the Forestry industry include:

    • forest technologist and technician
    • logging equipment operator
    • forest nursery operators
    • conservation officer
    • park warden.

    For a complete listing of all occupations related to this industry, as well as detailed information on job duties, working conditions, educational requirements, employment outlook and salary ranges, visit the Alberta Occupational Profiles website:

    http://occinfo.alis.alberta.ca/occinfopreview/info/browse-occupations.html

  • Health Care & Social Assistance:

    The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo is part of Alberta Health Services. Alberta Health Services is the largest employer of health care workers within the region, though employment can also be found with the major oil sands employers, with contracted occupation health and safety companies or directly with the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.

    The Health Care and Social Assistance industry in Wood Buffalo provides health care diagnosis and treatment, ambulance services, daycare services, home health care services and in-patient and outpatient vocational rehabilitation services. In addition, the industry provides social assistance in the areas of welfare, community housing and child care and protection.

    Some examples of occupations in the Health Care & Social Assistance industry include:

    • chiropractor
    • dental hygienist
    • emergency medical technician
    • child and youth care worker
    • Registered Nurse

    For a complete listing of all occupations related to this industry, as well as detailed information on job duties, working conditions, educational requirements, employment outlook and salary ranges, visit the Alberta Occupational Profiles website:

    http://occinfo.alis.alberta.ca/occinfopreview/info/browse-occupations.html

  • Education Services:

    Wood Buffalo’s education sector is critical for the economic and social development of the region. The sector provides critical knowledge and skills to residents. Teachers, professors, instructors and other professionals provide instructional and training services as well as related support services such as food and accommodation for students.

    There are a number of public and private educational institutions located within Wood Buffalo. They include:

    Some examples of occupations in the Education Services industry include:

    • Elementary school teacher
    • Educational counsellor
    • Teaching assistant
    • University professor
    • School principal

    For a complete listing of all occupations related to this industry, as well as detailed information on job duties, working conditions, educational requirements, employment outlook and salary ranges, visit the Alberta Occupational Profiles website:

    http://occinfo.alis.alberta.ca/occinfopreview/info/browse-occupations.html

  • Public Administration:

    From health inspector and firefighter to policy maker and police officer, employees in the public administration industry work in federal, provincial and municipal government agencies that look after public programs. Other areas of this industry include legislative activities, including public policy and law creation, justice administration, including civil and criminal legal cases, taxation, public order, safety and national defence, immigration services and the administration of other government programs.

    Some examples of occupations in the Public Administration industry include:

    • Canadian armed forces personnel
    • Bylaw enforcement officer
    • Occupational health and safety inspector
    • Public legal defender
    • Urban planner

    For a complete listing of all occupations related to this industry, as well as detailed information on job duties, working conditions, educational requirements, employment outlook and salary ranges, visit the Alberta Occupational Profiles website:

    http://occinfo.alis.alberta.ca/occinfopreview/info/browse-occupations.html