Canadian Business magazine has released the latest edition of its Best Jobs in Canada list, and the not-too-surprising verdict is in: You need high skills or a serious education to get into one of Canada’s best professions.

Jobs related to the oil industry took first and third place on the list, and plenty more spots further down. Government continues to be a driver of job growth: Both senior government manager and school principal made the top 10, while police officer ranked 14th.

Health care is another bright spot, with nurses, dental hygienists and speech pathologists riding high on the list.

But what the jobs pretty much all have in common is the need for either an advanced education or serious skills training. That's hardly a surprise, given all the talk about a skilled labour shortage in Canada, but this list is a striking reminder of just how specialized our economy has become.

Check out the 12 best jobs in Canada, according to Canadian Business. Check out the full list of the top 50 best jobs at the Canadian Business site.

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  • 12: Natural & applied science researcher

    Growth in # of employees (2006-2012): 73% Change in salary (2006-2012): 25% Projected job openings for every person looking in 2020: 0.8 Median annual salary (2012): $73,590

  • 11: Audiologist & speech language pathologist

    Growth in # of employees (2006-2012): 29% Change in salary (2006-2012): 21% Projected job openings for every person looking in 2020: 0.93 Median annual salary (2012): $77,813

  • 10: Aerospace engineer

    Growth in # of employees (2006-2012): 49% Change in salary (2006-2012): 11% Projected job openings for every person looking in 2020: 1.02 Median annual salary (2012): $75,005

  • 9: Chemical engineer

    Growth in # of employees (2006-2012): 46% Change in salary (2006-2012): 49% Projected job openings for every person looking in 2020: 0.82 Median annual salary (2012): $78,000

  • 8: Senior government manager

    Growth in # of employees (2006-2012): 4% Change in salary (2006-2012): 23% Projected job openings for every person looking in 2020: 1.15 Median annual salary (2012): $95,992

  • 7: Real estate and financial manager

    Growth in # of employees (2006-2012): 47% Change in salary (2006-2012): 15% Projected job openings for every person looking in 2020: 1.07 Median annual salary (2012): $79,872

  • 6: Lawyer

    Growth in # of employees (2006-2012): 33% Change in salary (2006-2012): 14% Projected job openings for every person looking in 2020: 1.19 Median annual salary (2012): $79,997

  • 5: School principal & administrator

    Growth in # of employees (2006-2012): 9% Change in salary (2006-2012): 25% Projected job openings for every person looking in 2020: 1.23 Median annual salary (2012): $90,002

  • 4: Electrical & telecommunications contractor

    Growth in # of employees (2006-2012): 87% Change in salary (2006-2012): 28% Projected job openings for every person looking in 2020: 1.09 Median annual salary (2012): $72,800

  • 3: Petroleum engineer

    Growth in # of employees (2006-2012): 75% Change in salary (2006-2012): 17% Projected job openings for every person looking in 2020: 1.02 Median annual salary (2012): $93,517

  • 2: Head nurse and health care manager

    Growth in # of employees (2006-2012): 58% Change in salary (2006-2012): 24% Projected job openings for every person looking in 2020: 1.23 Median annual salary (2012): $74,880

  • 1: Oil & gas drilling supervisor

    Growth in # of employees (2006-2012): 44% Change in salary (2006-2012): 39% Projected job openings for every person looking in 2020: 2.3 Median annual salary (2012): $74,880

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  • WORST: Administrative & support - 6

    Number of job seekers for every available job. Source: StatsCan

  • Manufacturing - 4.3

    Number of job seekers for every available job. Source: StatsCan

  • Education - 4.3

    Number of job seekers for every available job. Source: StatsCan

  • Construction - 3.9

    Number of job seekers for every available job. Source: StatsCan

  • Retail trade - 3.4

    Number of job seekers for every available job. Source: StatsCan

  • Professional, scientific & technical - 3.2

    Number of job seekers for every available job. Source: StatsCan

  • Accommodation and food services - 3

    Number of job seekers for every available job. Source: StatsCan

  • Wholesale trade - 2

    Number of job seekers for every available job. Source: StatsCan

  • BEST: Health care, social assistance - 1.4

    Number of job seekers for every available job. Source: StatsCan

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  • WORST: Newfoundland & Labrador - 12.4

    Number of job-seekers for every job available, in the three months ending in August, 2012. Source: <a href="http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/121120/dq121120c-eng.htm">StatsCan</a>

  • 12: Nova Scotia - 10.8

    Number of job-seekers for every job available, in the three months ending in August, 2012. Source: <a href="http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/121120/dq121120c-eng.htm">StatsCan</a>

  • 11: Nunvaut - 9.7

    Number of job-seekers for every job available, in the three months ending in August, 2012. Source: <a href="http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/121120/dq121120c-eng.htm">StatsCan</a>

  • 10: New Brunswick - 8.3

    Number of job-seekers for every job available, in the three months ending in August, 2012. Source: <a href="http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/121120/dq121120c-eng.htm">StatsCan</a>

  • 9: Prince Edward Island - 7.4

    Number of job-seekers for every job available, in the three months ending in August, 2012. Source: <a href="http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/121120/dq121120c-eng.htm">StatsCan</a>

  • 8: Quebec - 6.9

    Number of job-seekers for every job available, in the three months ending in August, 2012. Source: <a href="http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/121120/dq121120c-eng.htm">StatsCan</a>

  • 7: Ontario - 6.8

    Number of job-seekers for every job available, in the three months ending in August, 2012. Source: <a href="http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/121120/dq121120c-eng.htm">StatsCan</a> Pictured: The Ottawa Congress Centre.

  • 6: British Columbia - 5.3

    Number of job-seekers for every job available, in the three months ending in August, 2012. Source: <a href="http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/121120/dq121120c-eng.htm">StatsCan</a>

  • 5: Manitoba - 3.5

    Number of job-seekers for every job available, in the three months ending in August, 2012. Source: <a href="http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/121120/dq121120c-eng.htm">StatsCan</a> Pictured: The Royal Canadian Mint in Winnipeg.

  • 4: Yukon - 3.3

    Number of job-seekers for every job available, in the three months ending in August, 2012. Source: <a href="http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/121120/dq121120c-eng.htm">StatsCan</a>

  • 3: Northwest Territories - 2.9

    Number of job-seekers for every job available, in the three months ending in August, 2012. Source: <a href="http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/121120/dq121120c-eng.htm">StatsCan</a> Pictured: Yellowknife

  • 2: Saskatchewan - 2.1

    Number of job-seekers for every job available, in the three months ending in August, 2012. Source: <a href="http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/121120/dq121120c-eng.htm">StatsCan</a>

  • 1: Alberta - 1.7

    Number of job-seekers for every job available, in the three months ending in August, 2012. Source: <a href="http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/121120/dq121120c-eng.htm">StatsCan</a>