Barrie, ON has a particularly strong construction industry, accounting for 13 per cent of its jobs. The next largest industries are retail trade and professional, scientific and technical, each accounting for 12 per cent of jobs in Barrie. The city's largest private sector employers are Sinton Transportation, Wolf Steel Ltd. (Napoleon Fireplaces), Georgian International Ltd., Scotiabank and The Source.
In the public sector, the biggest employers are predictably in education and health. The Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board employs 3,000 people. Over 2,500 people work at the Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre, and another 2,250 are employed by Georgian College.
Barrie, ON Job Opportunities
Barrie's employment growth is expected to be strong in several areas within the coming years. Job seekers can look for opportunities as financial officers, loans officers and collectors in the finance industry. Computer and software engineers, information systems analysts, data administrators and systems testing technicians will see the highest job growth in the IT sector.
Physiotherapy, dental health and veterinary health occupations are expected to see strong job growth in the health care industry. Creatives should find ample job opportunities in writing, graphic design, interior design and photography. Entry-level occupations in retail and administrative services are in good supply here as well, with opportunities across many industries.
Barrie, ON Employment Trends
Barrie's unemployment rate has enjoyed a steady decline since 2013, falling from 8.6 per cent in July of that year to just 5.5 per cent at the beginning of 2015. The Kitchener-Waterloo-Barrie economic region has been consistently strong with 12 consecutive months of year-over-year employment gains between 2014 and 2015. Regional employment showed a 2.2 per cent increase as 14,900 new jobs were created between May 2014 and May 2015. Though retirement rates in coming years are expected to be only moderate, the creation of new jobs is producing excellent growth in Barrie.