B.C.'s Top Occupations

Our top occupations are based on projected job openings, employment growth and labour market indicators such as unemployment and employment insurance utilization. Openings include new jobs created through economic growth as well as replacement jobs due to retired workers.

Note:
Occupations that do not need training are excluded.

Wage data source: ESDC Job Bank Wage Report updated in 2015. For Chefs and Cooks, the wage data are based on Go2HR (Cook Labour Market Analysis Final Report, B.C. Sector Labour Market Partnerships Program, June 2016).

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Usually Requires a Bachelor's, Graduate or First Professional Degree and/or Significant Work Experience
Occupation TitleMedian Hourly WageJob Openings to 2025
Retail and wholesale trade managers (NOC 0621) $24.23 28,400
Insurance, real estate and financial brokerage managers (NOC 0121) $43.27 8,800
Restaurant and food service managers (NOC 0631) $19.71 8,200
Construction managers (NOC 0711) $39.00 6,900
Corporate sales managers (NOC 0601) $36.06 5,200
Banking, credit and other investment managers (NOC 0122) $37.44 4,700
Financial managers (NOC 0111) $39.42 4,500
Senior managers - financial, communications and other business services (NOC 0013) $48.60 4,500
Computer and information systems managers (NOC 0213) $43.27 4,100
Facility operation and maintenance managers (NOC 0714) $30.00 3,900
Senior managers - construction, transportation, production and utilities (NOC 0016) $40.38 3,600
Advertising, marketing and public relations managers (NOC 0124) $36.06 3,500
Home building and renovation managers (NOC 0712) $18.06 3,500
Senior managers - trade, broadcasting and other services, n.e.c. (NOC 0015) $35.26 3,300
Human resources managers (NOC 0112) $40.87 3,000
Accommodation service managers (NOC 0632) $20.19 2,900
Managers in social, community and correctional services (NOC 0423) $30.77 2,700
Managers in transportation (NOC 0731) $37.00 2,400
Administrators - post-secondary education and vocational training (NOC 0421) $36.62 2,000
Engineering managers (NOC 0211) $45.67 1,100
Usually Requires Bachelor's, Graduate or First Professional Degree
Occupation TitleMedian Hourly WageJob Openings to 2025
Financial auditors and accountants (NOC 1111) $28.85 11,600
Information systems analysts and consultants (NOC 2171) $36.06 9,100
Computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 2174) $35.00 7,800
College and other vocational instructors (NOC 4021) $34.05 6,800
University professors and lecturers (NOC 4011) $39.90 5,600
Other financial officers (NOC 1114) $28.85 5,000
Software engineers and designers (NOC 2173) $39.42 4,300
Professional occupations in business management consulting (NOC 1122) $28.85 4,200
Lawyers and Quebec notaries (NOC 4112) $51.20 3,600
Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations (NOC 1123) $32.05 3,400
Civil engineers (NOC 2131) $36.05 3,200
Social workers (NOC 4152) $32.00 2,700
Business development officers and marketing researchers and consultants (NOC 4163) $30.52 2,600
Web designers and developers (NOC 2175) $24.04 2,600
Family, marriage and other related counsellors (NOC 4153) $25.83 2,400
Authors and writers (NOC 5121) $28.10 2,300
Human resources professionals (NOC 1121) $32.91 2,200
Electrical and electronics engineers (NOC 2133) $40.00 2,000
Post-secondary teaching and research assistants (NOC 4012) $20.00 1,900
Mechanical engineers (NOC 2132) $35.40 1,900
Health policy researchers, consultants and program officers (NOC 4165) $34.00 1,600
Architects (NOC 2151) $31.73 1,400
Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers) (NOC 2147) $41.03 1,400
Psychologists (NOC 4151) $35.59 1,300
Usually Requires Diploma, Certificate or Apprenticeship Training
Occupation TitleMedian Hourly WageJob Openings to 2025
Administrative officers (NOC 1221) $22.00 19,500
Administrative assistants (NOC 1241) $21.75 15,700
Cooks (NOC 6322) $15.00 12,100
Social and community service workers (NOC 4212) $19.11 11,700
Accounting technicians and bookkeepers (NOC 1311) $19.23 10,700
Carpenters (NOC 7271) $25.00 10,300
Early childhood educators and assistants (NOC 4214) $15.06 9,300
Property administrators (NOC 1224) $20.93 5,900
Electricians (except industrial and power system) (NOC 7241) $27.90 4,600
Chefs (NOC 6321) $23.08 3,900
Program leaders and instructors in recreation, sport and fitness (NOC 5254) $19.23 3,900
Computer network technicians (NOC 2281) $27.40 3,800
Retail sales supervisors (NOC 6211) $18.00 3,500
Police officers (except commissioned) (NOC 4311) $37.50 3,300
Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics (NOC 7311) $32.00 3,300
Electronic service technicians (household and business equipment) (NOC 2242) $23.50 3,300
Real estate agents and salespersons (NOC 6232) $19.84 3,300
Welders and related machine operators (NOC 7237) $28.00 3,000
User support technicians (NOC 2282) $25.00 2,900
Heavy-duty equipment mechanics (NOC 7312) $30.00 2,800
Contractors and supervisors, heavy equipment operator crews (NOC 7302) $31.00 2,700
Bakers (NOC 6332) $12.35 2,700
Executive assistants (NOC 1222) $25.70 2,600
Plumbers (NOC 7251) $27.00 2,500
Insurance agents and brokers (NOC 6231) $19.23 2,300
Legal administrative assistants (NOC 1242) $21.63 2,200
Purchasing agents and officers (NOC 1225) $29.91 2,200
Contractors and supervisors, other construction trades, installers, repairers and servicers (NOC 7205) $30.00 2,200
Retail and wholesale buyers (NOC 6222) $20.00 2,000
Industrial electricians (NOC 7242) $35.00 1,900
Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians (NOC 2241) $27.00 1,800
Drafting technologists and technicians (NOC 2253) $22.50 1,800
Firefighters (NOC 4312) $35.00 1,600
Machinists and machining and tooling inspectors (NOC 7231) $31.70 1,400
Power engineers and power systems operators (NOC 9241) $28.50 1,400
Inspectors in public and environmental health and occupational health and safety (NOC 2263) $35.58 1,300
Interior designers and interior decorators (NOC 5242) $22.88 1,300
Insurance adjusters and claims examiners (NOC 1312) $28.25 1,200
Contractors and supervisors, carpentry trades (NOC 7204) $28.00 1,200
Construction inspectors (NOC 2264) $36.06 1,100
Sheet metal workers (NOC 7233) $31.00 900
Steamfitters, pipefitters and sprinkler system installers (NOC 7252) $35.00 800
Crane operators (NOC 7371) $31.00 800
Concrete finishers (NOC 7282) $27.00 500
Gas fitters (NOC 7253) $27.24 400
Usually Requires High School and/or Occupation Specific Training
Occupation TitleMedian Hourly WageJob Openings to 2025
Retail salespersons (NOC 6421) $12.00 34,600
Transport truck drivers (NOC 7511) $24.00 14,400
General office support workers (NOC 1411) $20.51 12,600
Receptionists (NOC 1414) $16.50 11,400
Food and beverage servers (NOC 6513) $10.45 9,000
Material handlers (NOC 7452) $16.45 8,300
Accounting and related clerks (NOC 1431) $20.00 6,600
Security guards and related security service occupations (NOC 6541) $14.00 4,800
Heavy equipment operators (except crane) (NOC 7521) $28.84 4,500
Home child care providers (NOC 4411) $11.00 3,400
Taxi and limousine drivers and chauffeurs (NOC 7513) $16.00 2,200
  • Core ListThese 85 occupations were included in the previous Outlook report and continue to be top opportunity occupations for Outlook 2015-2025.
  • Trending UpThese 4 occupations were not on the previous Outlook report and have been added as they are demonstrating increasing opportunities in Outlook for 2015-2025. If they continue to demonstrate increased opportunities they may be moved to the core list in future years.
  • Trending DownThese 11 occupations remain on the list, however, since the previous report they are demonstrating less opportunities and will be watched over time. If the opportunities continue to decline they may be removed from the Top 100 List in future years.