Managers in Construction and Transportation

These managers work in construction, transportation, freight forwarding and shipping companies and in the transportation departments of companies in retail/manufacturing sectors and utilities. They include construction managers, residential homebuilders and renovators, operations managers and transportation managers.


  • Construction managers usually need a college diploma in construction technology or a university degree in civil engineering and several years experience.
  • Residential homebuilders or renovators usually need extensive experience in residential construction.
  • Transportation managers of operations usually need a bachelorís degree in business administration or engineering; several years experience, including supervisory experience; and certification as a commercial pilot, vessel master or other transportation operator. Extensive experience as a supervisor/ operator in a particular mode of transportation may replace formal education.
  • Transportation managers of freight traffic need a high school diploma and may also need a university degree or college diploma in business or transportation administration, plus several years of experience related to freight traffic.

Future Prospects:

These occupations will continue to be impacted by natural resource development in the NWT. As a result there will be high employment levels during these 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 12.5% of workers in this occupational group are women. About 68.1% of employees working in these occupations live in Yellowknife, 18.5% live in the regional centres of Inuvik, Hay River and Fort Smith and 13.4% live in other communities. About 24.1% are employed in the Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction industry and 24.1% in the Transportation and Warehousing sector.