High demand occupations in BC

by | Nov 21, 2020

A good job, one with strong employment and earning opportunities, can make all the difference. It
means being able to build a better life for you and your family.

If you’re looking for employment right now, visit WorkBC.ca to review the regional High Opportunity or
to use the search tool to find High Opportunity Occupations that are the right fit for your interests,
education and personality.

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The Tech Sector

The tech occupations with the largest number of opportunities are:

OccupationJob Openings 2019-2029
Information Systems Analysts & Consultants7,600
Computer & Digital Media Programmers & Developers6,300
Computer & Info Systems Managers4,700
Graphic Designers & Illustrators4,700
Software Engineers & Designers4,500
Civil Engineers4,200

Natural Resources Sectors

Job openings in traditional resource industries

IndustryJob Openings 2019-2029
Agriculture & Fishing7,600
This includes wood and paper manufacturing
Mining and Oil & Gas Extraction11,100
Electricity & Other Utilities3,900


There are substantial opportunities in the next ten years to start a new career and learn on the job, developing your abilities in a role with excellent earning potential. Many of these positions begin with an apprenticeship, allowing you to earn and learn at the same time. In B.C., there are over 100 trades programs, and 48 of them offer Red Seal certification – the interprovincial standard in the skilled trades.

The top construction trades occupations in terms of projected job openings over the next ten years are:

  • Carpenters
  • Construction trades helpers & labourers
  • Heavy equipment operators (except crane)
  • Painters & decorators (except interior decorators)
  • Construction electricians
  • Construction millwrights
  • Welders & related machine operators
  • Plumbers
  • Heavy-duty equipment mechanics
  • Professional cooks
  • Auto service technicians
  • Bakers
  • Motor vehicle body repairers
  • Industrial electricians

Health Sector

Health occupations with the most job openings

OccupationJob Openings 2019-2029
Registered Nurses and Registered Psychiatric Nurses19,600
Nurse Aides, Orderlies and Patient Service Associates17,900
Licensed Practical Nurses4,300
General Practitioners and Family Physicians3,400
Specialist Physicians3,000
Massage Therapists2,300
Dental Assistants2,000

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