High Demand Occupations

Discover the occupations that are expected to have above-average opportunities over the coming decade. B.C.’s Labour Market Outlook: 2018 Edition report (the “Outlook”) provides the best information available about the kinds of jobs and skills that will be most in demand—overall and by region—for the next 10 years.

The High Demand Occupations list is a key part of the Outlook. You can find an explanation of the main factors influencing demand below. Detailed information on how this list is developed is available in the Labour Market Outlook report.

Light blue highlighted occupations in the table below are moving into balance. A moving to balance occupation is one where supply and demand for the occupation is moving into balance. If the trend continues in future years, the occupation may be removed from this list. 

High Demand Occupations in Management—Usually Require Combination of Education and Work Experience
Occupation Median Hourly Wage Job Openings to 2028
Retail and wholesale trade managers (NOC 0621) $28.00 20,600
Restaurant and food service managers (NOC 0631) $18.75 7,800
Senior managers - financial, communications and other business services (NOC 0013) N/A 5,100
Facility operation and maintenance managers (NOC 0714) $35.10 4,800
Computer and information systems managers (NOC 0213) $43.27 4,800
Financial managers (NOC 0111) $40.86 4,700
Corporate sales managers (NOC 0601) $36.35 4,700
Banking, credit and other investment managers (NOC 0122) $41.03 4,100
Senior managers - construction, transportation, production and utilities (NOC 0016) $47.65 3,900
Advertising, marketing and public relations managers (NOC 0124) $38.00 3,500
Senior managers - trade, broadcasting and other services, n.e.c. (NOC 0015) $36.91 3,500
Insurance, real estate and financial brokerage managers (NOC 0121) $42.56 3,300
Managers in agriculture (NOC 0821) N/A 3,200
Managers in transportation (NOC 0731) $35.00 3,000
Home building and renovation managers (NOC 0712) $20.00 2,900
Accommodation service managers (NOC 0632) $24.00 2,900
Other administrative services managers (NOC 0114) N/A 2,700
Managers in social, community and correctional services (NOC 0423) $38.46 2,500
Human resources managers (NOC 0112) $34.19 2,300
Senior managers - health, education, social and community services and membership organizations (NOC 0014) $37.29 2,100
Other business services managers (NOC 0125) $32.31 2,100
Managers in customer and personal services, n.e.c. (NOC 0651) $21.63 2,000
School principals and administrators of elementary and secondary education (NOC 0422) $41.96 1,700
Purchasing managers (NOC 0113) $37.56 1,600
Administrators - post-secondary education and vocational training (NOC 0421) $36.89 1,300
Engineering managers (NOC 0211) $50.75 1,200
Senior government managers and officials (NOC 0012) $48.52 1,200
Recreation, sports and fitness program and service directors (NOC 0513) $26.03 1,000
Managers - publishing, motion pictures, broadcasting and performing arts (NOC 0512) $29.42 800
Utilities managers (NOC 0912) $45.05 800
Architecture and science managers (NOC 0212) $39.44 600
Government managers - economic analysis, policy development and program administration (NOC 0412) $41.66 500
Other managers in public administration (NOC 0414) $47.80 500
Usually Requires Bachelor's, Graduate or First Professional Degree
Occupation Median Hourly Wage Job Openings to 2028
Financial auditors and accountants (NOC 1111) $27.88 10,800
Elementary school and kindergarten teachers (NOC 4032) $32.05 10,100
Information systems analysts and consultants (NOC 2171) $38.46 8,700
Computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 2174) $38.46 8,000
Other financial officers (NOC 1114) $32.31 6,600
Lawyers and Quebec notaries (NOC 4112) $106,361* 5,400
Professional occupations in business management consulting (NOC 1122) $36.00 4,800
Software engineers and designers (NOC 2173) $38.46 4,800
Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations (NOC 1123) $27.00 4,300
College and other vocational instructors (NOC 4021) $33.65 4,000
Civil engineers (NOC 2131) $35.00 3,900
University professors and lecturers (NOC 4011) $38.46 3,800
Business development officers and marketing researchers and consultants (NOC 4163) $31.25 3,300
Human resources professionals (NOC 1121) $32.05 3,100
Producers, directors, choreographers and related occupations (NOC 5131) $26.44 3,000
Social workers (NOC 4152) $30.00 2,800
Family, marriage and other related counsellors (NOC 4153) $26.74 2,600
Web designers and developers (NOC 2175) $25.00 2,300
Authors and writers (NOC 5121) $25.48 2,100
Health policy researchers, consultants and program officers (NOC 4165) $30.42 1,800
Architects (NOC 2151) $30.77 1,700
Financial and investment analysts (NOC 1112) $33.52 1,600
Natural and applied science policy researchers, consultants and program officers (NOC 4161) $35.00 1,300
Securities agents, investment dealers and brokers (NOC 1113) N/A 1,300
Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers) (NOC 2147) $40.50 1,100
Psychologists (NOC 4151) $35.36 1,000
Usually Requires Diploma, Certificate or Apprenticeship Training
Occupation Median Hourly Wage Job Openings to 2028
Administrative officers (NOC 1221) $23.38 17,100
Social and community service workers (NOC 4212) $19.50 11,800
Accounting technicians and bookkeepers (NOC 1311) $20.83 10,600
Administrative assistants (NOC 1241) $22.00 9,700
Early childhood educators and assistants (NOC 4214) $16.95 8,900
Real estate agents and salespersons (NOC 6232) $44,753* 7,100
Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics and mechanical repairers (NOC 7321) $28.00 6,400
Graphic designers and illustrators (NOC 5241) $25.50 5,000
Hairstylists and barbers (NOC 6341) $14.00 5,000
Program leaders and instructors in recreation, sport and fitness (NOC 5254) $20.00 4,900
Technical sales specialists - wholesale trade (NOC 6221) $25.38 4,600
Property administrators (NOC 1224) $20.00 4,000
Police officers (except commissioned) (NOC 4311) $40.00 3,800
Insurance agents and brokers (NOC 6231) $22.00 3,500
Financial sales representatives (NOC 6235) $23.08 3,300
Computer network technicians (NOC 2281) $33.65 3,300
Electronic service technicians (household and business equipment) (NOC 2242) $23.00 3,000
Retail sales supervisors (NOC 6211) $18.27 2,800
Supervisors, supply chain, tracking and scheduling co-ordination occupations (NOC 1215) $22.00 2,700
Legal administrative assistants (NOC 1242) $24.00 2,700
Executive assistants (NOC 1222) $25.50 2,200
User support technicians (NOC 2282) $28.97 2,200
Medical administrative assistants (NOC 1243) $22.00 2,000
Air pilots, flight engineers and flying instructors (NOC 2271) N/A 1,600
Paralegal and related occupations (NOC 4211) $27.00 1,500
Insurance adjusters and claims examiners (NOC 1312) $31.00 1,500
Firefighters (NOC 4312) $40.00 1,400
Aircraft mechanics and aircraft inspectors (NOC 7315) $34.00 1,400
Human resources and recruitment officers (NOC 1223) $27.00 1,400
Supervisors, finance and insurance office workers (NOC 1212) $28.72 1,300
Photographers (NOC 5221) N/A 1,200
Non-commissioned ranks of the Canadian Armed Forces (NOC 4313) $28.21 1,200
Customs, ship and other brokers (NOC 1315) $21.85 300
Priority Health Occupations Identified by the B.C. Ministry of Health
Occupation Median Hourly Wage Employment
Family physicians (NOC 3112) $209,000* 6,218**
Nurse Practitioners  N/A N/A
Health care assistants (NOC 3413) $21.00 34,717
Physiotherapists (NOC 3142) $37.00 3,758
Occupational therapists (NOC 3143) $38.42 2,200
Geriatricians  $282,900* 49**
Licensed practical nurses (NOC 3233) $27.00 9,612
Perfusionists  $50.37 59**
Specialty registered nurses (NOC 3012) $37.00 47,396
Psychiatrists  $239,700* 838**
Sonographers (NOC 3216) $37.11 743
Paramedics (NOC 3234) $26.78 3,182
Dermatologists  $320,600* 66**
  • WAGE RATE: For occupations with a “*”, the annual wage rate is provided, as the hourly wage rate is not available. In some cases, no wage data is available, and this is indicated with ‘N/A’.
  • HEALTH OCCUPATIONS WAGE DATA: For perfusionists, family physicians, geriatricians, psychiatrists, and dermatologists, wage data are from the B.C. Ministry of Health. They represent gross earnings before the payment of office and other overhead expenses. Wage data for other health occupations are from Employment and Social Development Canada.
  • HEALTH OCCUPATIONS EMPLOYMENT DATA: Employment figures marked with a “**” refer to 2017 employment estimates from the B.C. Ministry of Health. Employment data for other health occupations refer to 2018 employment estimates from the Labour Market Outlook.

Factors behind high demand occupations

How are high demand occupations identified? Put simply, high demand occupations rank

  • high on job openings and employment, and
  • low on unemployment rate and excess supply

The Outlook lists three major factors that influence demand for workers:

  1. How much the economy will grow
    • Trends in consumer spending, investment, international trade and government spending
    • Growth in sectors that are labour intensive
  1. How productivity and skill requirements will change
    • Rising productivity that in some cases means fewer job openings
    • Increased productivity that in other cases makes us more competitive, leading to increased trade and increased job opportunities
    • Technological change
  1. How many people will retire and when
    • Number of job openings resulting from replacement demand due to retirements and deaths
    • Later retirements coming from trends such as longer lifespans, better health, a preference to continue working longer, and financial need
    • Highly productive and experienced older workers leaving the workforce and needing replacement by more than one worker

Learn More

Find out more about the careers that interest you with WorkBC’s Career Profiles. Get all the details you need, including duties, job requirements, work environment, career paths and more. For 113 of these profiles, you can also watch a Career Trek video filmed right here in B.C.