Labour Market Outlook

Labour market trends reveal a lot about what’s happening in the economy now and what’s likely to happen in the future. What jobs are most likely to be in demand? Which industries are expected to grow most quickly? What skills and abilities will be needed? Answers to these questions help all kinds of people make informed decisions.

We offer a variety of resources to help you learn about labour market trends and how they might affect you:

The BC Labour ​Market Outlook 2010-2020 provides useful projections for job seekers and those just starting to plan a career. Employers and decision-makers in government, industry and post-secondary education also make use of the Outlook to analyze labour market needs and plan effective strategies.

It includes:

  • employment demand
  • predictions about job openings
  • predictions about labour market conditions

Using the BC Labour Market Outlook, you’ll learn, for example:

Unemployment is expected to drop to 6.5 percent by 2015 and to 5.2 percent by 2020, as more than one million new jobs open up across the province.

With our Labour Market Navigator, you can use your desktop, tablet or mobile device to explore the latest trends for more than 500 B.C. occupations. Full of useful statistics and colourful graphics, this easy-to-use tool allows you to:

  • search by region to see where B.C. jobs will be
  • search by occupation to find key information including average salary, unemployment rate, required skills and the estimated number of future openings
  • search by industry to learn which sectors are expected to grow and what types of jobs they offer

Using the Labour Market Navigator, you’ll learn, for example:

The average salary of a dental assistant is currently $33,000–$44,000.


The Kootenay region will add approximately 8,400 jobs this decade while the province’s Health and Social Services sector will add about 75,300 jobs.

The Trades Occupations Outlook 2010-2020 report offers valuable information if you are considering a career in the trades. It predicts, for example:

By 2016 the trades sector will face an overall labour shortage.

Learning about labour market trends will give you an advantage in navigating B.C.’s changing labour market.

BC Labour Market Navigator

Explore the job outlook for 500+ B.C. occupations on your mobile phone, tablet or desktop.

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