Canadian Armed Forces Commissioned Officers

(NOC 0433)

in All Management

This group consists of commissioned officers of the Canadian Armed Forces who plan, organize, command and evaluate the activities of personnel in the Canadian Armed Forces. All ranks of commissioned officers 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 change in employment not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate openings due to growth and retirements not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for this occupation.

Compared to: All Management

  • Estimate -245 employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 3210 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for these occupation.

This is a fairly large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities occur fairly regularly. With a small percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are not expected to be a major contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Canadian Armed Forces (Commissioned Officers) most commonly work full-time hours.

The median employment income for 68% of Canadian Armed Forces (Commissioned Officers) who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $88,633. 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

$27.73

Minimum

$41.68

Median

$56.57

Maximum

Annual Pay

$36,041

Minimum

$85,393

Median

$120,373

Maximum

Compared to: All Management

Hourly Pay

$16.70

Minimum

$45.17

Median

$58.17

Maximum

Annual Pay

$10,632

Minimum

$55,002

Median

$124,014

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

This group consists of commissioned officers of the Canadian Armed Forces who plan, organize, command and evaluate the activities of personnel in the Canadian Armed Forces. All ranks of commissioned officers 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:

  • Plan, organize and command the activities of Canadian Armed Forces combat units like armour, artillery and infantry battalions.
  • Develop and implement military procedures and policies based on detailed knowledge of units' abilities and performance.
  • Direct subordinates in training and coordinate and direct activities of units in line with military practices.
  • Assume responsibility for wellbeing, 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 in Canada and internationally.

Sample job titles

  • admiral
  • artillery officer
  • brigadier general
  • colonel
  • commodore
  • lieutenant commander
  • major
  • naval cadet
  • officer cadet
  • search and rescue captain

Skills

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 spoken and written communication skills are important.

Job requirements

  • A university degree is usually required.
  • Military training is required.
  • Experience as a non-commissioned member of the armed forces and demonstrated leadership ability may substitute for a university degree.
  • Senior ranks like colonel require several years of experience.

Other considerations

Military personnel are classified according to their military rank.

By the numbers

Quick look

1,910

employed in 2016

89.6%

employed full-time

0.0%

self employed

17.8%
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82.2%
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39.9

median age

Compared to: All Management

44,250

employed in 2016

91.2%

employed full-time

18.9%

self employed

40.5%
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59.5%
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48.7

median age

Where will I likely work?

73.6%

Halifax

19.8%

Annapolis Valley

2.9%

Cape Breton

1.8%

Southern

1.8%

North Shore

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

North Shore

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

99.4%

Public administration

0.6%

Retail trade

What is the age of Employment?

34.0%

25-34

25.0%

35-44

25.0%

45-54

9.0%

55-64

5.0%

15-24

2.0%

65+

Compared to: All Management

30.7%

45-54

23.1%

35-44

21.7%

55-64

14.0%

25-34

7.8%

65+

Top levels of education

56.3%

Bachelor

$86,597 median annual income
13.9%

High school

$76,665 median annual income
10.5%

Master

$109,990 median annual income
10.2%

College Diploma

$74,199 median annual income
4.2%

Apprenticeship

$74,373 median annual income

Compared to: All Management

27.2%

Bachelor

$71,875 median annual income
23.8%

High school

$42,294 median annual income
20.4%

College Diploma

$50,256 median annual income
9.1%

Master

$93,261 median annual income
7.2%

Apprenticeship

$44,396 median annual income

Education & training

Crisis/emergency/disaster management

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

This instructional program class includes 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

Nova Scotia Community College - Truro Campus

36 Arthur Street

Truro, NS B2N 1X5

(902) 893-5385

Intercultural/multicultural and diversity studies

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

This instructional program class includes any program that focuses on the dynamic social relations between and among majority and minority groups and different minority groups, and ways to promote mutual tolerance, inter-group cooperation, and the leadership and management of diverse groups and diversity issues in family, educational, recreational, and work settings. These programs include courses in ethnic and cultural studies, group psychology, sociology, anthropology, conflict resolution, human services and resources, and applications to various functional environments.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Office of the Registrar

Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

(902) 494-2450

Saint Mary's University

923 Robie Street

Halifax, NS B3H 3C3

(902) 420-5400

Social sciences - General

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

This instructional program class includes 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

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile

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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Job postings

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