2014 Career Professionals Survey Results Available Now!


93 percent of practitioners are proud to say they are Career Professionals.

The 2014 Career Professionals Survey provides insight into the work and life of career practitioners who support the Canadian labour market. In particular, we compare and contrast the work/life of SELF-EMPLOYED Career Professionals versus those who are EMPLOYED by organizations within the sector.

CAREER PROFESSIONALS come from provinces and territories across Canada – from coast to coast to coast. The inaugural annual Survey of Career Professionals is a valuable tool for collecting information about our field.

  • By learning about our colleagues, we can gain a new understanding and better perspective, so that we can come together, value, and support each other.
  • By understanding the benefits and challenges of self-employment and employment, we can all make more informed career and business decisions

Some of the highlights of the report include:

  • Overall, career satisfaction for both self-employed and employed Career Professionals is strong. Nine out of ten say they are satisfied with their career.
  • Salary and income for Career Professionals range widely based on many factors including job title. The average salary of employed appears to be more predictable than that of self-employed. However, two thirds of self-employed receive additional income from at least one other source.
  • Seven out of ten Career Professionals reported that their work / life balance is good. One fifth of all surveyed reported that they worked more than 8 hours per day. Two thirds of self-employed and one third of employed are likely to work weekends.
  • Workplace satisfaction is strong for all Career Professionals. Overall, self-employed expressed slightly higher workplace satisfaction than those that are employed, with the training, resources, and technology available to “get the job done.”
  • Most Career Professionals reported that they have intermediate or strong skills in Microsoft Office Applications. Social media skills were somewhat lower for both groups.
  • One in ten Career Professionals surveyed have completed a degree or diploma program, either at the technical, college, or university level.
  • Two thirds of self-employed and half of employed invest more than $500 on their own professional development. Most self-employed pay for their own professional development, while most employed are funded by their company.
  • More than half of career professionals completing the survey are members of an association. The primary reasons for joining associations are networking, professional development, information, resources, trends, support, and opportunities in the area of career development. One out of three Career Professionals also have at least one certification.

2014 Career Professionals Survey ReportWe encourage you to have a look through the full 2014 Career Professionals Survey [infographic presentation] Report. Members of Career Professionals of Canada can download the full report in the Career Club. If you are not a member, but would like a copy of the report in .pdf format, please email info@CareerProCanada.ca.

We are pleased to have feedback so that we can continue to improve our offerings to Career Professionals. If you have any questions about the survey results and methodology, please contact Sharon Graham, Executive Director of Career Professionals of Canada at Sharon@CareerProCanada.ca.

For the purposes of this survey, CAREER PROFESSIONAL is an umbrella term that refers to a practitioner working in the field of career development and/or career/employment services. This includes but is not limited to: career-related coaches, counsellors, educators, consultants, assistants, coordinators, specialists, (résumé) writers, administrators, managers, executives, and officers.

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