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Canada's Changing Labour Force, 2006 Census: National picture


Most prevalent occupations: No longer truck drivers for men

Although there was a relatively large increase in the number of truck drivers between 2001 and 2006, truck driving was replaced by retail salespersons and sales clerks as the most common occupation among men.

Nearly 285,800 men reported that they were retail salespeople or clerks, taking over the top spot from truck driving, which was reported by about 276,200. The third most prevalent occupation among men was still retail trade managers, at 192,200.

The number of male retail salespeople or clerks increased 28.6% between 2001 and 2006, while the number of male truck drivers rose by 17.4%.

Table 3 Most prevalent occupations for men and women, Canada, 2006

Among women, the most prevalent occupation reported in 2006, was also retail salespeople and clerks, at just over 400,000. Cashiers were second at 256,000. With added hiring in health care and social assistance, nursing became the third most common occupation, moving up a couple of ranks since 2001.

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