Canadian Armed Forces

(NOC 0433, 4313)

in All NS Occupations

This group of jobs includes commissioned officers and non-commissioned officers (NCOs) or members of other non-commissioned ranks of the Canadian Armed Forces. All ranks of commissioned and non-commissioned personnel in the Royal Canadian Air Force, Canadian Army, and Royal Canadian Navy are included in this group.

Job Outlook

Undetermined

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  • Estimate Moderate growth employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 10 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for this occupation.

Compared to: All NS Occupations

  • Estimate Weak growth employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 33315 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate Moderate rate of unemployment in 2016

This is a fairly large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities occur fairly regularly. The number employed in this occupation is expected to grow moderately over the next few years, which will likely provide some additional opportunities for employment. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Canadian Forces most commonly work full-time hours. Also, a fair portion of the workforce is self-employed, so having the option to "work for yourself" may appeal to some individuals’ interests/motivations.

The median employment income for 69% of Canadian Forces who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $74,855. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

Hourly Pay

N/A

Minimum

N/A

Median

N/A

Maximum

Annual Pay

$24,897

Minimum

$70,498

Median

$100,470

Maximum

Compared to: All NS Occupations

Hourly Pay

$11.00

Minimum

$19.89

Median

$40.00

Maximum

Annual Pay

$2,872

Minimum

$29,983

Median

$83,126

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

This group of jobs includes commissioned officers and non-commissioned officers (NCOs) or members of other non-commissioned ranks of the Canadian Armed Forces. All ranks of commissioned and non-commissioned personnel in the Royal Canadian Air Force, Canadian Army, and Royal Canadian Navy are included in this group.

Job duties

Commissioned officers of the Canadian Forces perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Plan, organize and command the activities of Canadian Forces combat units such as armour, artillery and infantry battalions.
  • Develop and implement military procedures and policies based on detailed knowledge of units' capabilities and performance.
  • Direct subordinates in training and coordinate and direct activities of units in accordance with military practices.
  • Assume responsibility for welfare, morale and discipline of units.
  • Review and evaluate unit performance, prepare reports and provide briefings for superiors.
  • May command and lead units engaged in non-combat operations for disaster relief and humanitarian and peacekeeping efforts domestically and internationally.

Personnel in non-commissioned ranks of the Canadian Forces perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Operate armoured vehicles, artillery, hand-held weapons and other military combat equipment and defence systems.
  • Conduct peacekeeping operations and enforce cease-fire agreements.
  • Engage in non-combat operations for humanitarian efforts.
  • Provide assistance in emergency situations, such as civil disorder, natural disasters and major accidents.
  • Participate in drills and other training in preparation for peacekeeping, combat and natural disaster relief duties.
  • Perform administrative and guard duties. // Personnel in this group are assigned to specific operations related to reconnaissance, peacekeeping, disaster relief and combat.

Sample job titles

  • able seaman
  • admiral
  • captain
  • colonel
  • corporal
  • lieutenant commander
  • major general
  • master seaman
  • officer
  • petty officer
  • private recruit
  • sergeant
  • soldier
  • warrant officer

Skills

To work in these jobs you need good organizational and managerial skills. An ability to work under pressure is important. You must be decisive. You need to work well with others. Effective communication skills, both written and oral, are also important.

Job requirements

Commissioned officers of the Canadian Forces:

  • A university degree is usually required.
  • Completion of military training is required.

Non-commissioned ranks of the Canadian Forces:

  • Completion of high school is usually required for non-commissioned work.
  • Three months of basic military training is provided.
  • Specialized training in the operation and maintenance of military equipment and systems is provided.

Other considerations

Progression to commissioned officer positions is possible with additional training and experience. Experience as a non-commissioned member of the armed forces and demonstrated leadership ability may substitute for a university degree. Senior commissioned ranks, such as colonel, require several years of experience.

By the numbers

Quick look

7,015

employed in 2016

90.6%

employed full-time

0.0%

self employed

15.5%
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84.5%
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N/A

median age

Compared to: All NS Occupations

427,305

employed in 2016

78.0%

employed full-time

10.0%

self employed

49.2%
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50.8%
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43.5

median age

Where will I likely work?

71.2%

Halifax

20.3%

Annapolis Valley

3.7%

Cape Breton

3.1%

Northern

1.8%

Southern

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

Northern

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

99.7%

Public Administration

0.1%

Retail Trade

0.1%

Transportation and Warehousing

What is the age of Employment?

26.1%

15-24

23.9%

45-54

22.2%

25-34

15.0%

35-44

9.4%

55-64

3.3%

65+

Compared to: All NS Occupations

36.6%

35-44

29.3%

45-54

24.4%

55-64

4.9%

25-34

4.9%

65+

Top levels of education

36.2%

High school

$7,327 median annual income
23.5%

College certificate or diploma

$9,884 median annual income
19.6%

Bachelor's degree

$2,816 median annual income
9.5%

Trades certificate

$6,138 median annual income
5.5%

Less than high school

$524 median annual income

Compared to: All NS Occupations

29.2%

Bachelor's degree

$43,533 median annual income
21.5%

College certificate or diploma

$28,183 median annual income
17.2%

Master's degree

$35,978 median annual income
14.3%

High school

$25,801 median annual income
4.6%

Doctorate

$60,991 median annual income

Education & training

Adult high school/secondary diploma programs

This program is typically offered at the high school level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that defines the prescribed requirements, specified by the appropriate jurisdiction, for the completion of and graduation from a secondary school program of academic subject matter offered for adult learners outside of the regular secondary school program. This does not include adult compensatory education programs resulting in completion of a high school equivalency certificate or diploma.

Institutions providing this program

Universite Sainte-Anne

Siège Social: 1695, Route 1

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS B0W 1M0

(902) 769-2114

Nova Scotia Community College - Annapolis Valley Campus

50 Elliott Road

Lawrencetown, NS B0S 1M0

(902) 825-3491

Nova Scotia Community College - Cumberland Campus

PO Box 550, 1 Main Street

Springhill, NS B0M 1X0

(902) 597-3737

Nova Scotia Community College - Akerley Campus

21 Woodlawn Road

Dartmouth, NS B2W 2R7

(902) 491-4900

Nova Scotia Community College - Burridge Campus

372 Pleasant Street

Yarmouth, NS B5A 2L2

(902) 742-3501

Nova Scotia Community College - Kingstec Campus

236 Belcher Street

Kentville, NS B4N 0A6

(902) 678-7341

Nova Scotia Community College - Lunenburg Campus

75 High Street

Bridgewater, NS B4V 1V8

(902) 543-4608

Nova Scotia Community College - Institute of Technology Campus

5685 Leeds Street

Halifax, NS B3K 2T3

(902) 491-6722

Nova Scotia Community College - Pictou Campus & School of Fisheries

PO Box 820, 39 Acadia Avenue

Stellarton, NS B0K 1S0

(902) 752-2002

Nova Scotia Community College - Shelburne Campus

PO Box 760, 1575 Lake Road

Shelburne, NS B0T 1W0

(902) 875-8640

Nova Scotia Community College - Strait Area Campus & Nautical Institute

226 Reeves Street

Port Hawkesbury, NS B9A 2A2

(902) 625-2380

Nova Scotia Community College - Marconi Campus

PO Box 1042, 1240 Grand Lake Road

Sydney, NS B1P 6J7

(902) 563-2450

Nova Scotia Community College - Truro Campus

36 Arthur Street

Truro, NS B2N 1X5

(902) 893-5385

Crisis/emergency/disaster management

This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.

This instructional program class comprises any program focusing on the application of the incident command system model to formulating and implementing effective response to natural and man-made disasters. These programs include courses in contingency planning, hazard and risk assessment, joint operations, law and ethics, emergency response and recovery, event mitigation, emergency rescue and medical operations, incident command, terrorism and national security issues, law enforcement, relief administration, volunteer and citizen coordination, public relations and applications to specific types of incidents.

Institutions providing this program

Cape Breton University

PO Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road

Sydney, NS B1P 6L2

(888) 959-9995

Social sciences - General

This program is typically offered at the college or university level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that focuses on the general study of human social behaviour and social institutions using any of the methodologies common to the social sciences and/or history, or an undifferentiated program of study in the social sciences.

There are no schools in Nova Scotia offering this program.

Employment requirements & contacts

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Contacts

Canadian Forces Recruiting Centre
6960 Mumford Road, Suite 130
Halifax, NS B3L 4P1
Tel: (800) 856-8488
Fax: (902) 721-0403

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