CAREER & INDUSTRY INFORMATION

The Wainwright region has a variety of active industries, each offering exciting and rewarding careers. This page highlights each industry and the opportunities that it offers.

Check back with this page on an ongoing basis, as we update it to reflect the current trends of the Wainwright region.

Oil & Gas Oil & Gas
Without a doubt, the oil and gas industry is one of the leaders in the region as far as compensation is concerned.

Be prepared to work hard and long hours, but also be prepared to start planning for a future because it’s unlimited in the field. Also, if you have a skilled trade, such as Class 1 license for truck driver, or mechanic, or instrumentation technician, you will have no trouble finding employment in the Wainwright region.

Perhaps one of the most important traits for someone in this field to possess is adaptability. Work can come up at a moment’s notice and it’s crucial for someone to be able to respond accordingly.

A willingness to learn is also welcomed, as the potential to move into a variety of more advanced positions in the industry is there for the right person with the right mindset.

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Retail
The retail industry is growing significantly in Wainwright. Larger retail chain stores have Retail Sales established a presence, including Wal-Mart, Canadian Tire and Tim Horton's.

Positions range from management to entry-level sales representatives, and it’s a strong environment for people to gain some practical employment experience for a future in retail, or while focusing on educational pursuits and working part-time.

Having an outgoing personality is a definite plus. Many in retail are used to a relatively fast-paced work environment, as business has been brisk in the last several years and is expected to remain so for the coming few years.

Another attribute that many in the retail industry should possess is the ability to adapt very quickly to a situation.

 

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Construction Construction
New construction is rampant in both residential and commercial sectors. The construction industry is in need of skilled trades people, and also people with no experience but interested in pursuing an apprenticeship in the construction trade.

The forecast for new construction in the region is very favourable.

TradesThe construction industry is looking for both experienced trades people as well as ambitious newcomers to the industry. Generally, many that enter the industry fresh are encouraged to pursue an apprenticeship towards journeymen certification status. Everything from dry wallers, to painters, to finishing carpenters, and everything in between are in demand.

As with other employment positions in the area, long hours are not unusual, particularly to meet demands in deadlines for construction projects. For those not afraid to invest time into their craft, the rewards are equally abundant and the experience is great as a springboard for self-employment in the industry.

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Non-Profit
The non-profit sector is a vital component to the Wainwright region’s economy. Many non-profit organizations exist and require professional and entry-level personnel to join them in their individual efforts to serve the community in a number of capacities. The region is home to many non-profits that serve a variety of people, including people with physical and mental health challenges, seniors, children, victims of crime, individuals with medical disorders, and people immigrating from other parts of the world, just to name only a few.

Non-Profit Executive DirectorAs the region grows in population, the services that non-profit organizations provide will become more in demand, and that demand requires service-providers to respond accordingly. As a result, more people will be needed in the future to service the area.

In many cases, people working in the non-profit sector are required to be multi-taskers, as they perform functions related to a variety of areas, including marketing, administration, client-based services, volunteer management, and general management. Someone with a multi-dimensional background is a valuable commodity region.

Child Care WorkersAn outgoing personality is a bonus working in the non-profit sector. Many times, representatives of non-profit associations are required to attend community events and meetings that involve both the business community and other service-providers. In order to establish a presence for a particular organization, it’s necessary to be community-minded and have an appreciation for the community as a whole.

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Waiters & WaitressesHospitality/Accommodation
The Wainwright region has a thriving hospitality and accommodation industry. The future looks even stronger, with Ramada's plans and a number of other projects planned over the next year.

Cooks are a range of diverse areas to which someone can apply their skills and background in this industry, including marketing, management, construction/maintenance, public relations, cooking/catering, and more. The hospitality/accommodation industry in the region caters to a wide variety of people, such as the business community, tourists, and industrial workers.

Obviously, in an industry that deals with the public, “people skills” are a must. Service is the number one priority and a professional approach to this ideal goes a long way towards advancement in the industry. Also, dependability is key. An employer that knows that someone can be relied upon to perform their duties when need be is extremely favorable.

Motels are booked close to. The ability to adapt to a fast-paced environment, while keeping a smile on your face is important.

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Service Industries
There are any number of spin-off service opportunities that exist. Printing and graphic design, technological support (web development, computer trouble-shooting), personal services, Compter Technologists transportation services, and more open up a world of opportunities. Whatever your skill, there are areas in which it can be applied in the service industry.

Don’t sell yourself short. Any employment positions you’ve held in the past entail a skill that you’ve developed and can apply to a variety of businesses in the region. Summarize your skills and define an area that might be of interest for you. Chances are there is an opportunity that exists.

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Trades
Skilled trades people are in exorbitant demand. Electricians, instrumentation techs, mechanics, Trades carpenters, fabricators, truck drivers, and others. The only thing stopping you from working as much as you want, when you want, and earning as much money as you want is yourself and what sort of limits you place on the amount of work you accept.

Since construction in the region is vast, the need to support that construction base is heavy. There is no sign of reprieve in construction activity, which means that if you have a plied trade, you can find work in the region.
Mechanics

With the expansion of CFB/ASU Wainwright and the development of CMTC, these are very exciting times for the base as it is undergoing unprecedented changes and growth. Important infrastructure investments will be made over the next years to revitalize and improve the facilities across the base to support the Canadian Forces mission. The military as well as contractors are looking to fill a variety of civilian positions in both entry-level and experienced capacities.

Simply come to the region. You should be put to work immediately.

If you want to learn a trade, there are many apprenticeship opportunities with employers in the Wainwright area.

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Professional
Health Service ProfessionalsAs a result of the thriving economy in the region, there are certainly demands for professionals such as lawyers and accountants, among others. Law firms, for example, are consistently recruiting new members for their teams. With respect to accountants, there are opportunities with both existing practices, as well as in the private sector if one chooses. There are opportunities for other professionals, such as health professionals as a result of the growth of the region in recent years.