Government Manager


Science and policy-making thrive on challenge and questioning; they are vital to the health of inquiry and democracy. 

Nicholas Stern
Government Manager

In A Nutshell

I make sure the health and safety of Canadians is considered in all decisions.

I specialize in a particular area, and act as the consultant for all people that are hoping to make decisions in that area.

I do lots of research on topics relevant to my programs to make sure the rules and policies I recommend to be put in place are fair and reasonable.


Potential Salary Range

$60,000 - 135,000 Annually

Which provinces would this job be in?

Alberta AB
British Columbia BC
British Columbia
Manitoba MB
New Brunswick NB
New Brunswick
Newfoundland & Labrador NL
Newfoundland & Labrador
Nova Scotia NS
Nova Scotia
Ontario ON
Prince Edward Island PEI
Prince Edward Island
Quebec QC
Saskwatchewan SK

I do a lot of work in my office in the government building where I can write reports and email experts. I also attend a lot of meetings and conferences to stay informed and take part in conversations about new policies.



Job Requirements & Duties

  • Plan and oversee the research of different policies and programs that relate to agriculture
  • Give advice and guidance to people that ask questions about policies
  • Organize committees to look into projects or programs that already exist in other provinces or countries
  • Write policies to recommend to upper management, and answer questions from the public and other experts
  • Understand the goals of different departments and use knowledge of policy rules to help them create new policies
  • Find topics in Canada that aren’t being handled properly and work towards solutions that ensure economic, environmental, and/or social sustainability

Education & Training

  • A university degree in the area you hope to specialize in is required. There are also positions where a master's degree or PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) are needed, or will increase your chances of getting a specific job.

Job Outlook

    The outlook for this job is considered to be fair; there will likely be about the same number of jobs available as there are skilled and talented people to fill them.

Related School Subjects

Social Studies
Career Education

What words come to mind when thinking about this career?

Government Rules Policy

Important Skills

Detail-Oriented icon


When I’m building a new policy or program, I have to make sure that I know exactly how it will impact people and the specifics of the problem it deals with. This takes a lot of research and investigation. 

Written Communications

I write briefing notes, letters, reports, and press releases to present problems and my recommendations to upper management, stakeholders, and the public. Clear and concise written and verbal communication is important in this job!

Analytical Thinking

I need to be able to analyze and interpret information, and then prioritize the policies and programs I recommend by considering impact and urgency.


Sometimes customers change their mind midway through a project and sometimes codes are hard to troubleshoot. It’s important to be resilient and get back up again after these challenges!


The Best Things About This Job Are…

Making a Difference in the World
Regular Hours
Problem Solving
Improves and Protects the Environment
Helps Others