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 $212,433
Canada $68,400
Alberta $77,700
British Columbia $68,500
Manitoba $64,700
New Brunswick $56,900
Newfoundland and Labrador $62,100
Nova Scotia $60,200
Ontario $73,000
Prince Edward Island $62,500
Quebec $61,400
Saskatchewan $68,200

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

*Average Canadian Income as reported by Statistics Canada in 2021, released May 2, 2023.

Unemployment rate comparison
ProvinceUnemployment Rate (2023)
Fort McMurray Wood Buffalo 4.1%
Alberta 5.9%
Manitoba 4.8%
Nova Scotia 6.3%
New Brunswick 6.1%
Ontario 4.9%
Prince Edward Island 7.1%
Newfoundland and Labrador 10.1%
Saskatchewan 4.8%

*Provincial Information reported by the Alberta Economic Dashboard

** Fort McMurray unemployment rate is according to data released by Statistics Canada in May 2023.


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 High Demand 6,000
Accounting and Related Clerks High Demand 19,300
Administrative Assistant Medium Demand 23,300
Air pilots, flight engineers and flying instructors Medium Demand 3,600
Construction Millwrights and Industrial Mechanics High Demand 14,900
Early Childhood Educators and Assistants Medium Demand 20,300
Electricians Medium Demand 12,000
Elementary School and Kindergarten Teachers Medium Demand 24,700
Heavy-duty equipment mechanics High Demand 19,300
Heavy Equipment Operators Medium Demand 16,900
Human Resources Managers High Demand 5,900
Licensed Practical Nurses Medium Demand 9,900
Machine Operators, mineral and metal processing Medium Demand 1,500
Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates Medium Demand 32,800
Paramedical Occupations High Demand  6,300
Power Engineers and Power Systems Operators Medium Demand  7,900
Registered Nurses and Registered Psychiatric Nurses High Demand  38,900
Restaurant and Food Service Managers High Demand 12,600
Secondary School Teachers Medium Demand  7,600
Social and Community Services Workers Medium Demand 18,900
Tour and Travel Guides Medium Demand  1,500
Transport Truck Drivers High Demand 38,300
Welders and related machine operations Medium Demand  15,100

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