Common Jobs In Nonprofits

Nearly 1.2 million Canadians perform paid work for close to 69,000 nonprofit organizations located all across the county. Whether in the fields of social services, health care, community housing, the environment, sports, recreation, arts or culture, there are countless career paths for people who share the sector's common vision: to make a difference.

Jobs in the nonprofit sector can be difficult to categorize. The fact that well over half of Canadian nonprofit employers have fewer than five employees and three quarters of them have fewer than ten employees means that employees within organizations often have to wear more than one hat in their day-to-day work. Whether splitting their time between human resources work and volunteer coordination or balancing client interviews with committee meetings, nonprofit employees need to thrive on using their varied talents every day.

Although jobs in the nonprofit sector tend to be more loosely defined than those in the public or for-profit sectors, it nonetheless remains clear that there are specific categories of the National Occupational Classification (NOC) that are more prevalent in the sector than others.

In this section, we have outlined 10 general job classifications that are common in nonprofits. While they certainly do not encompass all of the jobs that nonprofit employees carry out on a daily basis, they are provided here to give those interested in work in the nonprofit sector an idea of what types of employees are often in demand.

Adapted and shortened from the Government of Canada's Working in Canada Tool, the HR Council provides these snapshots to aid all types of job seekers. Whether you are a student interested in working in the nonprofit sector upon graduation, someone looking to enter the sector from another line of work, or are looking for a career change within the sector, these job snapshots can help focus your career path.

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