The 2016 election has everyone on edge. Though threatening to flee the country during an election year has become somewhat of a tradition in recent years, this particular election — between two wildly unpopular candidates in Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump — has given those threats a tinge of seriousness. People are seriously thinking about moving to Canada if their candidate doesn’t win, and the numbers show that it may not be just hyperbole this time.
According to data from job search site Monster, the number of Americans looking for jobs in Canada has spiked 58% over last year. “Between January and October of this year, Monster saw 30,296 job searches using the keyword ‘Canada’ on Monster’s U.S. website, which is a jump from the 19,693 in all of 2015,” a Monster rep told The Cheat Sheet.
While these numbers are still relatively small, it does go to show that the 2016 election has people seriously considering some life-altering decisions in fear of the fallout.
Move to Canada? Mull it over, first
Of course, talk is cheap. People threaten to move to Canada every election year, and very few ever actually follow through. But again, this election is different — Trump is a thoroughly frightening candidate, and Clinton has her own flaws. If Monster’s numbers are any indication, there may actually be a bigger migration north of the border in coming years than we’ve seen before.
Keep in mind, however, that it may not be the best long-term move for most Americans.
As far as the data on searches goes, Monster’s team said the majority of Americans looking for jobs in Canada are looking in Ontario, with Toronto being the most often-searched destination. Edmonton, Calgary, and Vancouver followed close behind. In terms of the types of jobs Americans are searching for, those tied to engineering had the highest hits. That’s trailed by IT work, and jobs in the financial industry.
But when it comes to where the opportunity lies, Monster’s team ran down the top five jobs with the most openings (per its data) in Canada. If you truly plan to make a run for the border after the dust settles, these will probably be the easiest jobs to get.
1. Retail workers
With 25,843 openings listed in Monster’s database, retail jobs present the most opportunity for American political refugees fleeing to Canada. These jobs, of course, aren’t all that great — retail work will quickly burn you out, wear you down, and leave you looking for the next opportunity. The pay is typically pretty bad, too.
But if you want to pursue a job in retail, Walmart alone has more than 7,000 listed jobs on Monster in Canada, the most of any employer.
2. Retail management
All of those retail workers need management and supervision, and there are plenty of opportunities for that in Canada. Per Monster’s data, there are 12,926 openings for retail managers and supervisors across Canada. You’ll still be in the retail sector, which may not be thrilling, but at least you’ll be in a management position.
3. Truck drivers
With 13,002 openings, it’s clear that truck drivers are needed to transport cargo all across Canada. “Truck driver” is the most common profession in the United States, and given Canada’s similar layout — namely, sprawling geography ranging from the Pacific to the Atlantic — truckers are needed up north as well.
4. Sales and account representatives
Sales is a hot field in Canada, evidently. There are 12,411 openings for sales and account representatives, which may be an attractive field for those who wish to remain in the sales game, but don’t want to go into the retail sector. These jobs typically pay more and aren’t quite as soul-crushing.
5. Customer information reps
Finally, customer and information representatives, with 11,696 openings, fills out the list. Essentially, these jobs require workers to help out customers. That can include walking them through product choices or fixing any issues with their purchases. If this sounds like it’s more up your alley than straight-up sales, there are jobs to be had.