Skills to Jobs

Employment and Income  Occupations in Demand

Fort McMurray, Alberta, located in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, has many job opportunities across various sectors and is the perfect place to grow your career. Keyano College will give you the skills you need to succeed in the career of your choice. 


Employment and Income

Fort McMurray is the place to go if you would like to get ahead in your career, or start on a new career path. With many job openings in the community, and the average household income in the city being twice the Canadian average, Fort McMurray is the land of opportunity.

Average Household Income Comparison
ProvinceAverage Household Income
Fort McMurray Wood Buffalo $189,458
Canada $66,800
Alberta $77,700
British Columbia $67,500
Manitoba $63,000
New Brunswick $56,900
Newfoundland and Labrador $59,300
Nova Scotia $57,500
Ontario $70,100
Prince Edward Island $59,400
Saskatchewan $67,700

*Average Fort McMurray income as reported by Explore Wood Buffalo.

*Average Canadian Income as reported by Statistics Canada in 2020, released March 23, 2022.

Unemployment rate comparison
ProvinceUnemployment rate (2022)
Fort McMurray Wood Buffalo 5.6%
Alberta 5.3%
Nova Scotia 6.7%
New Brunswick 8.9%
Prince Edward Island 7.8%
Newfoundland and Labrador 10%

*Provincial Information reported by the Alberta Economic Dashboard

** Fort McMurray unemployment rate is according to data released by Statistics Canada in April 2022.


Occupations in Demand

Our programs and courses are aimed to provide career training that matches the economic needs of the province.

Here is a sample of select programs and the current industry demand. 

 Sample of select programs and current industry demand
CareerCurrent DemandCurrent Employed AlbertansKeyano Program
Accommodation, travel, tourism and related services supervisors Medium 2,400
Administrative Assistant Medium 25,700
Air pilots, flight engineers and flying instructors Medium 3,600
Licensed Practical Nurses High 9,100
Machine Operators, mineral and metal processing Medium 1,500
Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates Medium 34,200
Paramedical Occupations High  5,300
Power Engineers and Power Systems Operators Medium  7,400
Registered Nurses and Registered Psychiatric Nurses Medium  36,200
Secondary School Teachers Medium   14,400
Tour and Travel Guides Medium  1,500
Transport Truck Drivers Medium 45,400
Welders and related machine operations Medium  18,800

 *Information on occupations in demand are as per Alberta ALIS- Career Learning and Employment Information for Albertans