Senior Construction, Transportation, Production and Utilities Managers

(NOC 0016)

in All Management

Senior managers in this group manage the affairs of goods production, utility, transportation and construction companies. They set the direction to be taken by these organizations, either alone or with a board of directors. They work in companies throughout the following industries: fishing, forestry, logging and agriculture; mining, oil and gas extraction; construction; transportation and warehousing; printing; manufacturing; and utilities or they may own their own business.

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 moderate sized occupation in Nova Scotia so some job opportunities may occur through turnover. 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. Senior Managers in Construction, Transportation, Production, and Utilities 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 79% of Senior Managers in Construction, Transportation, Production, and Utilities who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $112,546. 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

$12.95

Minimum

$48.82

Median

$147.86

Maximum

Annual Pay

$11,264

Minimum

$103,148

Median

$362,180

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

Senior managers in this group manage the affairs of goods production, utility, transportation and construction companies. They set the direction to be taken by these organizations, either alone or with a board of directors. They work in companies throughout the following industries: fishing, forestry, logging and agriculture; mining, oil and gas extraction; construction; transportation and warehousing; printing; manufacturing; and utilities or they may own their own business.

Job duties

Senior managers in this group:

  • Create objectives for the organization and make or approve policies and programs.
  • Approve and organize the creation of major departments and related senior staff positions.
  • Assign material, human and financial resources to carry out policies and programs.
  • Set up financial and administrative controls.
  • Create and approve promotional campaigns.
  • Approve overall staff planning.
  • Select middle managers, directors or other executive staff.
  • Coordinate the work of regions, divisions or departments.
  • Represent the organization in negotiations or other official functions.
  • Senior managers in this unit group may specialize in finance, marketing, human resources or in a service area.

Sample job titles

  • chief executive officer (CEO)
  • chief financial officer (CFO)
  • chief operating officer
  • construction general manager
  • corporate controller
  • electric power company president
  • executive director
  • general manager
  • operations manager
  • president
  • vice-president

Skills

You need strong leadership qualities and an ability to motivate others. You need excellent organizational, problem-solving, planning, and decision-making skills. You must have confidence and initiative, and you need excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

Job requirements

  • A university degree or college diploma in engineering, business administration, commerce or other discipline related to the company's product.
  • Several years of experience as a middle manager in goods production, utilities, transportation or construction are usually necessary.
  • Specialization in a functional area or product is possible through university or college training in that area or through experience.
  • Senior managers in finance usually need a professional accounting designation.

Other considerations

There is movement among senior management positions.

By the numbers

Quick look

950

employed in 2016

92.6%

employed full-time

29.1%

self employed

13.2%
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86.8%
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51.2

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?

57.9%

Halifax

13.2%

Annapolis Valley

12.6%

North Shore

10.5%

Southern

5.8%

Cape Breton

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

37.5%

Manufacturing

23.3%

Construction

13.1%

Transportation and warehousing

8.5%

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

8.0%

Information and cultural industries

What is the age of Employment?

37.0%

45-54

21.0%

55-64

19.0%

35-44

16.0%

65+

5.0%

25-34

1.0%

15-24

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

34.7%

Bachelor

$129,068 median annual income
16.8%

College Diploma

$112,654 median annual income
16.3%

Master

$149,799 median annual income
14.2%

High school

$63,979 median annual income
6.3%

Trade Certification

$59,906 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%

Trade Certification

$44,396 median annual income

Education & training

Biological/Biosystems Engineering

University Program

These programs prepare students to apply mathematical and scientific principles to the design, development and management of biological systems; and includes applications to biology, biochemistry, ecology, and microbiology. They include courses in organic chemistry, microbiology, biochemistry, chemical, biological, biochemical, and process engineering, thermodynamics, process control, kinetics and reactor design, electric circuits, biosystem modeling, and bioelectronics and instrumentation.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Halifax, NS

Biomedical/Medical Engineering

University Program

These programs prepare students to apply mathematical and scientific principles to the design, development and operational evaluation of biological and health systems and products like integrated biological systems, instrumentation, medical information systems, artificial organs and prostheses, and health management and care delivery systems.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Halifax, NS

Business Administration and Management

College, Trades, or University Program

These programs prepare students to plan, organize, direct, and control the functions and processes of a firm or organization. They include courses in management theory, human resources management and behaviour, accounting and other quantitative methods, purchasing and logistics, organization and production, marketing, and business decision-making.

Institutions providing this program

Maritime Business College

Lower Sackville, NS

Academy of Learning Career College - Halifax

Halifax, NS

Acadia University

Wolfville, NS

Dalhousie University

Halifax, NS

Mount Saint Vincent University

Halifax, NS

Universite Sainte-Anne

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS

St. Francis Xavier University

Antigonish, NS

Saint Mary's University

Halifax, NS

Cape Breton University

Sydney, NS

Dalhousie University Faculty of Agriculture

Truro, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Annapolis Valley Campus

Middleton, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Cumberland Campus

Springhill, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Burridge Campus

Yarmouth, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Kingstec Campus

Kentville, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Lunenburg Campus

Bridgewater, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Pictou Campus & School of Fisheries

Stellarton, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Strait Area Campus & Nautical Institute

Port Hawkesbury, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Marconi Campus

Sydney, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Truro Campus

Truro, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Ivany Campus

Dartmouth, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Online Learning

Various, NS

Business/Commerce

College, Trades, or University Program

These programs focus on the general study of business, including the processes of interchanging goods and services (buying, selling and producing), business organization, and accounting as used in profit-making and non-profit public and private institutions and agencies. They prepare students to apply business principles and techniques in various occupational settings.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Halifax, NS

University of King's College

Halifax, NS

Universite Sainte-Anne

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS

Saint Mary's University

Halifax, NS

Chemical Engineering

University Program

These programs prepare students to apply mathematical and scientific principles to the design, development and operational evaluation of systems employing chemical processes like chemical reactors, kinetic systems, electrochemical systems, energy conservation processes, heat and mass transfer systems, and separation processes, and the applied analysis of chemical problems such as corrosion, particle abrasion, energy loss, pollution, and fluid mechanics.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Halifax, NS

Cape Breton University

Sydney, NS

Civil Engineering - General

University Program

These programs prepare students to apply mathematical and scientific principles to the design, development and operational evaluation of structural, load-bearing, material moving, transportation, water resource, and material control systems, and environmental safety measures.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Halifax, NS

Computer Engineering - General

University Program

These programs prepare students to apply mathematical and scientific principles to the design, development and operational evaluation of computer hardware and software systems and related equipment and facilities; and the analysis of specific problems of computer applications to various tasks.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Halifax, NS

Engineering - General

University Program

These programs prepare individuals to apply mathematical and scientific principles to solve a wide variety of practical problems in industry, social organization, public works, and commerce.

Institutions providing this program

Acadia University

Wolfville, NS

Dalhousie University

Halifax, NS

St. Francis Xavier University

Antigonish, NS

Saint Mary's University

Halifax, NS

Cape Breton University

Sydney, NS

Dalhousie University Faculty of Agriculture

Truro, NS

Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies

College, Trades, or University Program

These programs prepare students to carry out the development, marketing and management functions associated with owning and operating a business.

Institutions providing this program

Acadia University

Wolfville, NS

Dalhousie University

Halifax, NS

University of King's College

Halifax, NS

St. Francis Xavier University

Antigonish, NS

Saint Mary's University

Halifax, NS

Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering

University Program

These programs prepare students to apply mathematical and scientific principles to the design, development and operational evaluation of systems for controlling contained living environments and for monitoring and controlling factors in the external natural environment, including pollution control, waste and hazardous material disposal, health and safety protection, conservation, life support, and requirements for protection of special materials and related work environments.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Halifax, NS

Finance

College or University Program

These programs prepare students to plan, manage, and analyse the financial and monetary aspects and performance of business enterprises, banking institutions, or other organizations. They include courses in principles of accounting, financial instruments, capital planning, funds acquisition, asset and debt management, budgeting, financial analysis, and investments and portfolio management.

Institutions providing this program

Acadia University

Wolfville, NS

Dalhousie University

Halifax, NS

Mount Saint Vincent University

Halifax, NS

St. Francis Xavier University

Antigonish, NS

Saint Mary's University

Halifax, NS

Cape Breton University

Sydney, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Akerley Campus

Dartmouth, NS

Industrial Engineering

University Program

These programs prepare students to apply scientific and mathematical principles to the design, improvement, and installation of integrated systems of people, material, information, and energy. They include courses in applied mathematics, physical sciences, the social sciences, engineering analysis, systems design, computer applications, and forecasting and evaluation methodology.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Halifax, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Ivany Campus

Dartmouth, NS

Law (LLB, JD, BCL)

University Program

These programs prepare students for the independent professional practice of common or civil law, for becoming a Quebec notary, for taking bar examinations, and for advanced research in jurisprudence. They include courses in the theory and practice of the legal system, including the statutory, administrative, and judicial components of civil and criminal law.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Halifax, NS

Materials Engineering

University Program

These programs prepare students to apply mathematical and materials science principles to the design, development and operational evaluation of materials and related processes used in manufacturing in a wide variety of settings, the synthesis of new industrial materials, including marrying and bonding composites, analysis of materials requirements and specifications, and related problems of system design dependent on materials factors.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Halifax, NS

Mechanical Engineering

University Program

These programs prepare students to apply mathematical and scientific principles to the design, development and operational evaluation of physical systems used in manufacturing and end-product systems used for specific uses, including machine tools, jigs and other manufacturing equipment, stationary power units and appliances, engines, self-propelled vehicles, housings and containers, hydraulic and electric systems for controlling movement, and the integration of computers and remote control with operating systems.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Halifax, NS

Operations Management and Supervision

College or University Program

These programs prepare students to manage and direct the physical and/or technical functions of a firm or organization, particularly those relating to development, production, and manufacturing. They include courses in principles of general management, manufacturing and production systems, plant management, equipment maintenance management, production control, industrial labour relations and skilled trades supervision, strategic manufacturing policy, systems analysis, productivity analysis and cost control, and materials planning.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Halifax, NS

Organizational Leadership

College or University Program

These programs focus on leadership skills that can be applied to a business, government, non-profit, or educational setting. They include courses in organizational planning, dynamics of leadership, finance, team building, conflict resolution and mediation, communication and other management skills.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Halifax, NS

Mount Saint Vincent University

Halifax, NS

St. Francis Xavier University

Antigonish, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Online Learning

Various, NS

Employment requirements & contacts

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Contacts

Railway Association of Canada
Ottawa, ON
Canadian Institute of Management - Maritimes
Various, NS
Nova Scotia Fisheries Sector Council
Yarmouth, NS
Canadian Supply Chain Sector Council
Nova Scotia, Canada
Forestry Safety Society of Nova Scotia
Truro, NS
Institute of Public Administration of Canada
Toronto, ON
Nova Scotia Construction Sector Council
Halifax, NS

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