Legislators and Senior Management

Legislators work in federal, territorial, First Nation or municipal governments to enact, amend or repeal laws and legislation. Senior managers formulate policy and plan, organize, direct and control the major activities of government, companies or other organizations.


  • High school diploma.
  • Usually require a university degree or college diploma in arts, sciences, engineering or education.
  • Some positions may require a masters or doctor of philosophy degree (PHD).
  • Some positions require a professional designation, such as accounting (CA, CMA, CGA), business or public administration.

Future Prospects:

Senior managers work in both private and private companies. Employment for senior managers in private companies impacted by natural resource development in the NWT is expected to grow over the next ten years. There will be particularly high employment levels during the life of such projects; employment will peak in 2017. Subsequently, employment will decrease, and approximately half of the new job opportunities will be sustained in the long term.

Job Prospects

Current Workforce:

Approximately 26.6% of workers in this occupational group are women. About 49.5% of employees working in these occupations live in Yellowknife, 21.7% live in the regional centres of Inuvik, Hay River and Fort Smith and 28.7% live in other communities. About 58.1% are employed in the Public Administration industry and 11.6% in the Other Services (except Public Administration) sector.